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Full text of "2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment "The Rock", 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team : Operation Enduring Freedom VIII, 2007-2008"



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DEDICATED TO THE FALLEN 

SKY SOLDIERS OF 

2D BATTALION AIRBORNE, 

503RD INFANTRY 



PFC TIMOTHY R.VIMOTO 

SPC CHRISTOPHER S. HONAKER 

PFC JOSEPH A. MIRACLE 

PFC JUAN S. RESTREPO 

1LT BENJAMIN J. HALL 

SFC MATTHEW D. BLASKOWSKI 

SSG LARRY I. ROUGLE 

SGT JOSHUA C. BRENNAN 

SPC HUGO V. MENDOZA 

CPT MATTHEW C. FERRERA 

SGT JEFFREY S. MERSMAN 

CPL SEAN K. LANGEVIN 

CPL LESTER G. ROQUE 

SPC JOSEPH M. LANCOUR 

SFC MATTHEW R. KAHLER 

1LT JONATHAN P. BROSTROM 

SGT ISRAEL GARCIA 

CPL JONATHAN R. AYERS 

CPL JASON M. BOGAR 

CPL JASON D. HOVATER 

CPL MATTHEW B. PHILLIPS 

CPL PRUITT A. RAINEY 

CPL GUNNER W. ZWILLING 

SPC SERGIO S.ABAD 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



DEDICATION 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



LETTER TO SOLDIERS 



BATTALION CHAIN OF COMMAND 



MISSION STATEMENT 



GRAFENWOEHR TRAINUP 



DEPLOYMENT CEREMONY & RIP/TOA 



HEADQUARTERS HEADQUARTERS COMPANY 



ABLE COMPANY 



BATTLE COMPANY 



CHOSEN COMPANY 



DESTINED COMPANY 



FUSION COMPANY 



REAR DETACHMENT 



FAMILY READINESS GROUPS 



TAMING THE KUNAR 



THE ROCK RETURNS 



VALOR AWARDS 



REMEMBERING THE FALLEN 



THE ROCK HISTORY 



1 

2 

3 

4-6 

7 

8-9 

10-11 

12-31 

32-57 

58-73 

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100-115 

116-133 

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135-137 

138-141 

142-147 

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149-173 

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To our ROCK Paratroopers and Families - 

The ROCK is a very unique organization with an unmatched history and reputation for excellence. Uniquely, The 
ROCK has always been a disciplined, proficient, low maintenance organization with integrity and credibility beyond 
reproach that moves quickly, with limited information, and accomplishes the intent - always; The ROCK figures out 
"how to" v. "why not to" while spending 80% of calories employing assets and 20% gathering assets. Since it's activation 
during World War II, through service in Vietnam, Iraq, and multiple tours in Afghanistan, The ROCK has found itself at 
the cutting edge of battle. Paratroopers of The ROCK have a legacy of serving honorably and heroically in combat and 
honorably and proficiently in garrison/training. 

Between OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VI (2005-6) and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII (2007- 
8), The ROCK conducted sixteen weeks of scenario driven multi-echelon collective training. Some said we trained too 
much and hard - we believed that to be impossible when preparing Paratroopers for combat. We trained paratroopers 
and leaders, we set standards and expectations high, and when deployed we confidently trusted and supported our 
leaders. ROCK Paratroopers, based on remote platoon bases, exceeded all expectations in the rugged, austere, contested 
terrain of the Hindu Kush Mountains in Kunar and Nuristan Provinces, Afghanistan adjacent to Pakistan. 

Paratroopers fought for, gained, and maintained freedom of movement throughout AO ROCK. The fight in AO 
ROCK was constant, brutal, and varied. Combat went from arms length to max effective range of all systems. The 
ROCK conducted over 9,500 patrols, was in contact with the enemy over 1,100 times, fired over 5,400 indirect fire 
missions and 36,500 rounds of ammunition, and employed over 3,800 aerial deliveries. As one of the few units in the 
Army to maximize all tools - The ROCK also fired 108 TOWs and 23 Javelins. In an effort to achieve lasting effects, 
ROCK Paratroopers demonstrated proficiency and creativity when integrating and synchronizing weapons and 
surveillance systems to target the enemy. Heroism was the norm - two Paratroopers were nominated for the Medal of 

Clonor, four were nominated for the Distinguished Service Cross, seven were awarded Silver Star Medals while ten are 
ending, over 90 Bronze Star Medals for Valor were awarded - 400 Bronze Star Medals for Service will be awarded, and 
nearly 300 Army Commendation Medals for Valor were awarded. Task Force ROCK will be submitted for a Presidential 
Unit Citation and a Valorous Unit Citation. 

ROCK Paratroopers brought confidence, competence, and security to Kunar Province. The ROCK proactively 
jartnered with and trained many types of Afghan National Security Forces, mentored district and province government 
officials, and built the infrastructure - roads, bridges, schools, clinics, power generation, water pipes etc. - while working 
with incredible partners that included US Army enablers, US Marine ETTs, US Navy-led Province Reconstruction 
Teams, US Air Force JTACs and delivery systems, and many interagency personnel. 

ROCK efforts came at a high cost to individuals and to families. Tragically, we lost 26 incredible young men that are 
remembered in our hearts and memorialized in this book. We had 143 Task Force members wounded. Families 
sacrificed 15 months together and supported, worried, and prayed from afar. 

We have tremendous respect for the leaders, Paratroopers, and families of The ROCK. We were in a tough sustained 
Ight in austere conditions; we fought and won and returned as a unit - with honor. As is our theme - once ROCK 
always ROCK, always obligated and always responsible. We are hopeful all Paratroopers look at the time spent in the 
ROCK and in AO ROCK as an investment from which to forever draw strength and perspective. Paratroopers in The 
ROCK should take pride in a job well done as ALL are combat tested Paratroopers that selflessly brought peace and 
tDrosperity to a remote corner of world. As individuals, units, and families you've done things few would attempt and 
fewer could accomplish - there are none better. 

We were privileged to lead you in training and in combat - it was an awesome privilege. We appreciate all you do 
md all you stand for. 

The ROCK! 

iradley K. Meyers William B. Ostlund 

Command Sergeant Major Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry 

ROCK 7 ROCK 6 



BATTALION COMMANDER 



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LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM B. OSTLUND 

LTC Bill Ostlund was born on July 9, 1965, in Park Rapids, Minnesota. He enlisted in the 
United States Army in 1983 and served in the 1 st Battalion, 75 th Rangers. In 1987, as a Staff 
Sergeant, he transitioned to the Nebraska National Guard Long Range Surveillance Detachment 
and simultaneously began his commissioning process at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

Since commissioning LTC Ostlund served in the 101 st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 2 nd 
Battalion, 75 th Ranger Regiment, 2 nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea, the United States 
Military Academy - Social Sciences Department, SETAF and the 173 rd Airborne Brigade, and as 
the US Strategic Command's Chief, EUCOM Support Section and Combating Weapons of Mass 
Destruction Planner. He served as the Commander, 2 nd Battalion, 503 rd Infantry (Airborne), 173 rd 
Airborne Brigade Combat Team from June 2006, through OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 
VIII, to September 2008. 

LTC Ostlund 's military education includes the United States Army Command and General 
Staff Officers Course and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School. He holds a Bachelors 
degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master of Arts in 
Law and Diplomacy in International Relations from Tufts University. 

He and his wife, Heather, have three sons - Cody, Colton, and Brenget. 



BATTALION COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR 



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COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR BRADLEY K. MEYERS 

CSM Bradley K. Meyers was born on April 30, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He enlisted in the 
United States Army in 1984 and graduated from Basic Training, AIT and Airborne School at Fort 
Benning, Georgia. 

Since enlisting he served in the 82 nd Airborne Division, 6 th Infantry Division (Light), l-75 th 
Ranger Battalion, 75 th Ranger Regiment, and the 173 rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. 



CSM Meyers deployed to the Sinai in support of the Multi-National Forces and Observers 
Mission and in support of Operations Restore/ Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Operation 
Enduring Freedom 2001, 2002, and 2005 in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. 

CSM Meyers was selected for promotion to Sergeant Major and attended the US Army 
Sergeant's Major Academy in 2003. He was appointed to Command Sergeant Major in October 
2005 with a date of rank of 1 August 2003 and Graduated USASMA Class 54. 

He is married with two children and is a devoted North Carolina Tar Heels, Miami Dolphins, 
and Dale Earnhardt, jr fan. 




MAJOR BRIAN BECKNO 

"ROCK 5" 



MAJ Brian T. Beckno was born on June 10, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
He graduated with a BS in Biology from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and 
was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant from the university's Army ROTC 
program in May 1994. 

Since commissioning, MAJ Beckno served in various leadership and staff positions the 
2 nd Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Korea, 10 th Mountain Division (Light), and the 
Ranger Training Brigade. MAJ Beckno 's company commands include HHC and Charlie 
Company in 1 st Battalion, 187 th Infantry Regiment, 3 rd Brigade (Rakkasans) in the 101 s * 
Airborne Division (Air Assault) during both OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM I and 
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM I. Additionally, MAJ Beckno commanded The Sabalauski 
Air Assault School and laster served as the Aide de Camp to the Commanding General 
of the 101 st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Upon completion of the United States Army 
Command and General Staff College in June 2006, MAJ Beckno was assigned to the 
United States Army Southern European Task Force (Airborne), and in February 2007 
was assigned as the Executive Officer of 2 nd Battalion (Airborne), 503 rd Infantry - The 
ROCK, 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team where he served throughout the unit's 
deployment to OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII, Afghanistan. 
MAJ Beckno's advanced education also includes a Masters Degree in Information 
Operations - Master of Military Arts and Science from the United States Army 
Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 



MAJOR SCOTT HIMES 

"ROCK 3" 



MAJ Scott Himes was born on 28 September, 1967, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania. He received his commission in 1992 as a second lieutenant and was 
assigned as a tank platoon leader and armored scout platoon leader in 2 nd Squadron, 
7 th Cavalry Regiment, 4 th Infantry Division at FT Carson, Colorado. 
In 1 May 1999, following a two year break in service, MAJ Himes was assigned to FT 
Benning, GA where he served in The Ranger Training Brigade as an assistant 
operation officer. He then assumed command of Charlie Company, 1 st Battalion, 507 th 
Infantry Regiment (United States Army Airborne School). On 20 June 2001, MAJ Himes 
was assigned to FT Campbell, KY. He served as a BN staff officer and company 
commander in 1 st Battalion, 502 nd Infantry Regiment, 101 st Airborne Division (Air 
Assault). MAJ Himes deployed his company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I, 
and was later selected as the aide de camp to the commanding general of the 101 st 
Airborne Division (Air Assault). On 5 July 2006 MAJ Himes was assigned to 2 nd 
Battalion, 503 rd Infantry (Airborne), 173 rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He served 
as the battalion executive officer from July 2006 to January 2007 and as the battalion 
operations officer from January 2007 through Operation Enduring Freedom VIII, to 
September 2008. 

MAJ Himes is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff 
Officers Course at FT Leavenworth, KS. He earned a BS in civil engineering from The 
Pennsylvania State Univ and a M S in education from Kansas State Univ. 




SERGEANT MAJOR JEFFERY KOENIG 




"ROCK 3 7" 



Sergeant Major Jeff Koenig entered the United States Army on 10 September 1987 at 

the age of 17. After completion of One Station Unit Training for Infantry and the Basic 

Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to the 82 nd Airborne 

Division. Upon arrival, he was automatically drawn to the prestige of the 173d 

Airborne Brigade, as a majority of the senior NCOs in his Battalion were Vietnam 

veterans and alumni of the Sky Soldiers. At that time, to be a member of the 173d 

was impossible, due to the Brigade's deactivation in 1972. 

SGM Koenig served in various positions in the 82 nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, 

North Carolina, the Jungle Warfare Center at Fort Sherman, Panama, 10 lh Mountain 

Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum, New York, 78 th Division (Training Support) at 

Fort Drum, New York and Fort Dix, New Jersey. Before being assigned to THE ROCK, 

he was a student at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. 

The highlight of SGM Koenig's military career has been the honor and privilege of 

being a Sky Soldier and member of THE ROCK. Currently, he is the Operations 

Sergeant Major for TASK FORCE ROCK. 

SGM Koenig is grateful to have been awarded the Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat 

Infantryman Badge (2 nd Award), the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, 

and the Ranger Tab. 

SGM Koenig has been happily married to his wife Jennifer since 1991. They have two 

boys, Ryan (age 14), and Evan (age 4). | 








TASK FORCE ROCK CONDUCTS COMBAT 
OPERATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FOREIGN 
INTERNAL DEFENSE TO DEFEAT ANTI- 
AFGHAN FORCES IN ORDER TO ENABLE 
AFGHAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCES AND 
LEGITIMATE AFGHAN INSTITUTIONS THE 
ABILITY TO PROVIDE SECURITY AND 
STABILITY TO THE AFGHAN POPULATION. 



GRAFENWOEHR TRAIN-UP 




GRAFENWOEHR TRAIN-UP 




DEPLOYMENT CEREMONY 




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TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY - 05 JUNE 2007 





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HEADQUARTERS 
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COMPANY COMMANDER 
CPT LEONARDO FLOR 



COMPANY FIRST SERGEANT 
1SG SCOTT BRZAK 



COMPANY FIRST SERGEANT 
1SG MITCHELL RUCKER 



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Able Main conducting a night fire. 

2. HHC MORTARS NT 

Able Section conducting a fire 
mission during Rock Avalanche 

3. MAJOR BECKHO 

Rock Santa, and Major Himes. 

4. SS6 CAREY ENJOYING 

a smoke 

5. SGT GARCIA GOES 

for two points (he misses too!) 

6. MORTARS 

SGT MARTIN, SPC RANKIN, 
SPC PERKINS & PFC YOST 

?. Major Beckno 



I. SPC FLEMING. 

Bella Mortars 

9. CAPTAIN DEANS 

new friend 




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PFC AHASAY, COLIN 
PFC ALCALA, STEVEN 
PFC ALLEN, KYLE 
MSG ANDERSON, CHAD 



PFC ARNONE, ALEX 
PFC BAUER, OTTO 
PFC BEAM, DONALD 
PV2 BELL, JOSEPH 



SPC BETTEN, JOHNATHAN 
PFC BLANKINSHIP, ROBERT 
SGT BOONE, DANIEL 
SPC BROWN, LAMART 



PV2 BRUSASCHETTI, 

ANTHONY 

SGT BURSE, WILLIAM 

SSG CAREY, JEREMY 

2LT CASEY, JOSEPH 



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SGT CHEEK, TANNER 
SSG CHRISTEN, JAMES 
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PFC DAWSON, AARON 
CPT DEAN, JOEL 
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SSG DIAZ DE LEON, 

MARTIN 

SGT DIAZROSADO, ALEXIS 

CPT DIETZ, IAN 

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SPC FRANK, JAMES 
1LT FRANKLIN, ALEXI 



PFC GADELL, TYSON 
SGT GANTZ, BRADLEY 
SGT GARCIA, FRANCISCO 
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SPC GAU, IRWIN 
1LT GOINES, JEFFREY 
PFC GOMEZ, JUAN 
SGT GONZALEZ, JOHN 



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SGT GUIDRY, JONATHAN 
SPC HAHN, CORBIN 
PV2 HARRIS, DAVID 



SPC HARTSHORN, AARON 

SGT HEMBRICK, OLIVER 

SGT HERNANDEZ, 

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1LT HERNANDEZ, KAREEM 



PFC HEWITT, WILLIAM 
PVT HILLARD, STEVEN 
SFC HINOJOSA, EDWARD 
SPC HJELMSTAD, JESSE 



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PFC JOSEPH, JARED 
PV2 JOSEPH, MICAH 
PV2 KADERLI, JONATHAN 



SGT KARUZA, JOHN 
1LT KEEN, JONATHAN 
SGT KEITH, CHRISTOPHER 
SPC KENNEDY, JEREMY 



PFC KING, OLIVER 
CPT KIRKPATRICK, ALBERT 
SGT KYLER, RONALD 
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SPC LINVILLE, ANDREW 
SPC LISKE, JAY 
SFC LITTLE, DARRIS 



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SSG LOZA, JUAN 
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SSG MARRA, DUSTIN 
PV2 MARTIN, CHARLES 
SGT MARTIN, STEVEN 
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RICHARD 

1LT MORGAN, WAYNE 

2LT MURAWSKI, MATTHEW 



SSG NESTELL, MICHAEL 
SSG NEWCOMB, WILLIAM 
SGT NEWMYER, BRET 
SSG ORTIZ, MICHAEL 



SSG PALMER, DERRICK 
SFC PASION, JAY 
SFC PERDUE, JASON 
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SGT REILLY, NATHAN 



SPC REYNOLDS, VERNON 
CPT RICHARD, JED 
SSG RIZZO, ROCKY 
PV2 ROBERTS, JACOB 



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SSG RODRIGUEZ, PHILLIP 

SGT ROGERS, ADAM 



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SGT SESMA, FABIAN 
SGT SETTLEMIRE, DAVID 



SPC SHARP, JOSHUA 
SPC SHELKE, NIKHIL 
SSG SHELTON, 
CHRISTOPHER 
SGT SHIVE, SCOTT 



PFC SIMMONS, KEVIN 
SGT SLOMIAK, JASON 
SSG SNIPES, MICHAEL 
SGT STAMPER, ANTHONY 



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SGT STRAUCH, DANIEL 
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SFC TERRY, WILLIAM 
SSG THOMAS, BRANDON 
CPT TOMPKINS, WALTER 
PFC TORREY, ROBERT 



SSG UPP, CHRISTOPHER 
PFC URBANEK, DANE 
SGT VALCIN, JOEL 
CPT VALDEZ, JEAN 



SGT VALLES, RAMON 
CPT VANETTEN, JOSHUA 
PV2 VIDALES, BENJAMIN 
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SGT WOLERT, MICHAEL 
SPC WOLFE, MICHAEL 



PV2 YOST, WESLEY 
SGT YOUNG, BRANDON 
PVT YOUNG, SEAN 
SFC ZEIDLER, MICHAEL 



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5.R0CK 7 - 

CSM Meyers 

6. IT MURAWSKI. 

SSG Upp, SPC Arnone, 

SPC Scott, and SPC Dumas 

7. ROCK 6 WITH 

local children. 

8.GPT PICKLER I 

CSM Meyers. 

9. ROCK 6. LION 6 

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I. S6T MARTIN, SPC 

Rankin HHC Mortars Able Main. 

2.SFC BARBARETE 

3. ROCK 6 ft ROCK I 

4. CAPTAIN PICKIER ft 

CSM Meyers 

5.HHC MORTARS 

conducting a night fire at Korengal 
Outpost. 

6. MAJOR HIMES IN A 

stratigic game of solitare. 

7. ONE OF MANY ROUNDS 

fired in support of TIC 

8. ROCK HEALTH 
Advisor 

9. CPT SWAIMS AND PEG 

Peterson pose for a picture 

10. SPC C0DDINGT0N 

II. HHC MORTARS AT 

Korengal Outpost; PFC Abad, SGT 
Wollert, SSG Rizzo, SGT LeForge, 
SFC Levy, and PFC Beam. 

12. LOOKING FOR THE 

Enemy. 

13. PFC ABAD AND PFC 

Beam. Korengal Mortars. 

14. ROCK DOCS 

15. CPT DEAN AND SSG 

Ortiz before departing for a 
MEDCAP 
16.HHC MORTARS. 
Korengal Mortars. 
17.R0CK 6 

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1. CHRISTMAS DINNER 

LTC Ostlund, CSM Meyers, and 
SSG Carey 

2. SANTA @ BLESSING 

3.SFC PERDUE AND 

PFC Robles managing fires at BN 
fire desk. 

4. LTC OSTLUND AND 

LT Moad. 

5. SGT STICHTER a 

PFC Dunn take a quick break 
during Korengal patrol. 

6. SSG NESTELL ON 

patrol in Korengal Valley. 

7.CAPTAIN NELSON 

getting ready for briefing. 

8. DAY SHIFT IN THE 

TOC, SFC Zeilder, SSG Newcomb, 
and SPC Frank. 

9. CSM MEYERS 

10. MAJOR BECKNO & 

LT Thurman. 

11. THUNDER 8 SQUAD AT 

Able Main 

12. SFC GUERRERO 

13. LTC OSTLUND & 

SGM Koenig. 

14. SSG CAREY. SGT 

Gary and CSM Meyers 

15. ROCK 6 & ROCK 7 

Destined Strike 

16. F15 173rdABN 

17.R0CK AIR TEAM 

SSG Christen and SPC Sharp. 

18. MAJOR HIMES 

getting ready for morning coffee. 





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1.SPC PERKINS 

receiving an IV from SPC Williams 
during RFR. 

2. NIGHT FIRING ON 
120mm 

3. SSG UPP, SPC DUMAS 

SPC Arnone, and SPC Scott after 
Fire Mission. 

4. SGT MARTIN AND 

PSSG Thomas after a WP fire 

mission. 

5.PFC AHASAY AFTER 

a fire mission. 

6.SGT MARTIN AND 

SSG Thomas test firing AT-4's 

7. SGT MARTIN FIRES 

a White Phosphorus round onto 
enemy targets at Able Main. 

8. SSG UPP, HHC 

Mortars. 

9. SSG THOMAS AND SPC 

Rankin preparing to test fire AT-4's 

10. SSG Thomas 

11. ABLE MAIN MORTARS 

fire into enemy targets during 
Operation Rock Avalanche. 

12.SSG RIZ20 

Promoting SPC Yost. 

13.SPC WILLIAMS 

cleaning the 120mm after a 
thunderstorm. 

14.SPC PERKINS 

gunning the 120mm 

15. SPC SCOTT AND SPC 

Arnone, Thanksgiving 

16. SPC RANKIN 

watches a mortar round being fired 
at Able Main. 

17. SPC FISK ft SPC 

Yost after a fire mission at Bella 
Outpost. 

18. SPC WILLIAMS 

posing after a fire mission. 





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ABLE COMPANY 





COMPANY COMMANDER 
CPT LOUIS FRKETIC 





COMPANY COMMANDER 
CPT DAVID NELSON 




COMPANY FIRST SERGEANT 
1SG FRANKLIN VELEZ 



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■^Bassc 

Grafton "atten ntify ACM 

positions" on the high ground. 

SPC Corona also gets in on the 

action, at Operation Road Doc. 

2. SGT OCHOA ATTEMPS 

to bring back the cavalry by 
showing off his donkey riding skills 



3. THE SPARTANS 

3rd Platoon 



4.SPG SMILLEY 



5. ABIE MAIN 



6. 1ST PLATOON 

Soldiers from HQ section, 1st PLT, 

pose for a picture during their BDA 

patrol at EA HUSKIES 



7. 2ND PLATOON 



8.PFG BAKER 



9. SSG WALLACE 

inspects a built up enemy fighting 

positon that overlooks the Watapor 

Valley during OPERATION 

SNAKETOOTH. 





WARLORDS 



PFC AKERS, JOSH 
SGT ALEXANDER, DITSEN 
1LT AMBROSIA, GREGORY 
SPC BAKER, ROBERT 



SGT BARKMAN, JEREMIAH 
SPC BARTH, JON 
SSG BEYER, KYLE 
SGT BINDER, WILLIAM 



PFC BISOL, AARON 
PFC BOTZEN, WESTON 
SGT BURNETT, DON 
PFC CAMARENA, CECILIO 



PFC CAMARILLO, DAVID 
SPC CATUNGAL, ROGELIO 
SSG CECIL, JOSHUA 
SFC CHARO, CHRISTOPHER 



SPC CHILDS, WILLIAM 
SSG CLAPP, RYAN 
PFC CORONA, JAMES 
PFC 3AVIDSON, BRANDON 




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PFC DENNIS, ; ARRIS 
SPC DEYO, LLC) 
PFC DINGBAUM, LEON 
PFC DRENSKI, JERMEY 



PFC EISELE, SCOTT 

SSG ELSTON, JACK 

SGT ERTMER, DEREK 

SGT ESTRADA, ALEXANDER 



SGT EVANS, MICHAEL 
PFC FLOECK, CHRIS 
PFC FOSTER, RESHAUDE 
PFC FREE, TREMAYNE 



SFC FUCHS, LEONARD 
PFC GOINS, BENJAMIN 
PFC GORMAN, BRYCE 
SSG GRAFTON, STEPHEN 



SPC GRAVELLE, SCOTT 
PFC GRAY, ANTHONY 
SSG GREGORY, JASON 
SSG GULLO, JOHN 



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SSG HALL, DAVID 
SPC HAMMER, NICHOLAS 
SSG HARDING, JASON 
SPC HARRIS, MICHAEL 



PFC HART, ZACHARY 
PFC HATFEILD, JORDAN 
CPT HAUGER, CLINT 
SPC HELLMANN, DANIEL 



PFC HILL, RICHARD 
SGT HIMROD, JAMES 
PFC HOLMES, JOSHUA 
PFC HOOPERFRAHM, KYLE 



PV2 HUCKEBA, PHILLIP 
PFC HURT, JACOB 
SGT HUTCHINGS, JARED 
PFC JAMES, JONATHAN 



SGT JAMES, LARRY 
r NER, BRIAN 
PFC T ES, CAVAUGHN 

PFC \ T ES, BILLY 



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1LT KEEFE, D 

1LT KENNEDY, B ON 

PFC KING, CHRISTOP] 
PFC KING, RYAN 



PFC KLIX, KRISTOPHER 
SGT KOCHEVAR, CHAD 
SSG KREPEL, DA WAYNE 
PFC KRUSELY, ANTHONY 



PFC LACKEY, EUGENE 
PFC LAZARIDI, PAVEL 
PFC LEMARR, SETH 
2LT LEVAY, JASON 



PFC LEWIS, KYLE 
PFC LOCKLEAR, TIMOTHY 
SPC LONGNECKER, TRAVIS 
PFC LOPEZ, DAVID 



SSG LOPEZ, FRANCISCO 
PFC LOPEZ, HORACIO 
PFC LYONS, ANDREW 
SSG MADING, BRIAN 




WARLORDS 




SFC MAGANA, JOSE 
PFC MARQUEZ, RAUL 
PFC MARTINEZ, LEONARD 
PFC MCCUMBER, 
NICHOLAS 



SGT MERCADO, RICHARD 
SSG METCALFE, DANIEL 
PFC MEYER, FREDERICK 
SPC MICHELS, CHISM 



SGT MILLER, JAMES 
PFC MITCHELL, KYLE 
SGT MITCHELL, THEODIS 
SGT MORSE, JASON 



PFC NORMANDIN, 

RYANLEIGHTON 
PFC PAXTON, JARED 
SGT PEMBLE, KENNETH 
PFC PETSCH, TREVOR 



PFC PHILLIPS, LARON 

: PIKE, RYAN 
PFC PIQUET, CHRISTOPHER 
PFC PORTILLO, 
CHRIbi 3PHER 




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PFC POWELL IN 

PFC PROSS, NATH 
SPC PUTHOFF, WILLI 
SGT REID, ARIC 



PFC ROTHWELL, NATHAN 
PFC RYAN, ROBERT 
PFC SALAZAR, DANIEL 
PFC SANTAMARIA, ABDIAS 



SPC SCHOONMAKER, 

DAVID 

PFC SCHROTH, MICHAEL 

SPC SMILEY, JONATHAN 

SFC SMITH, JEREMIAH 



SSG SMITH, ROBERT 
SSG SOKOLOWSKI, STEPHEN 
PFC SUNDVALL, TIMOTHY 
SGT SWILLEY, JOSHUA 



PFC TANTAYANURAK, KIJJA 
SGT TESTA, ANTHONY 
PFC THOMAS, STANLEY 
SPC THOMPSON, MICHAEL 




WARLORDS 




PFC THORNTON, MATTHEW 
PFC TRAMEL, MATTHEW 
PFC VANSCOIK, SEAN 
SSG WALLIS, PHILIP 



PFC WEST, BENJAMIN 
PFC WHITEHEAD, BRIAN 
SPC WILKINSON, DANIEL 
SGT WILLIAMS, NATHAN 



PFC WILLIAMS, STEPHEN 
PFC WITT, MATTHEW 
SPC WOOD, DJ 








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of 3rd . 
Miracle and 
their memorial cei 

Combat Main, July 2007 

2. SGT STAMPER SHOWS. 

off his Dragon Platoon logo 

3. SOLDIERS FROM 

Dragon Platoon scan the ridgeline 
south of Able Main. 

4. SSG HARDING AND 

SGT Pross sweat it out during a 

dismounted patrol on the Matin- 

kolag trail. 

5.SPG PDTHOFF ENROLLS 

local man in the Hiide system at a 

TCP 

0. SSG COULTER. SSG 

Cecil, and LT Goines hydrate back 

at VPB Asadabad following the 

Battle of Tsangar 

1. SSG WALLACE FINDS 

a 7.62 casing from an AK47 south 

of VPB California during a 

dismounted search and attack 



8. SPC MICHELS ENJOYS 

his Christmas Dinner while on duty. 

9. 1LT JOSH HARRISSON 

inventories an enemy mortar cache 

that his platoon found thanks to a 

walk in source. 





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1. SSG BARKMAN AND 

fire team demonstrate room 
clearing during mount training with 
Kandigal ANP 

2. PFC GHILDS 

3.SPARTANS HOUSE 

4. SSG FOOTE GETS 

reenlisted by his former PL, CPT 
Rowe, at Able Main 

5. LT LEVAY CRACKS A 

smile while handing out new shoes 
to the children of Bar Kanday 
School 

6. CPT FRKETIC AND 

CDR Legree sit down with the 
elders of Sundray 

7. SFC ZELESKI 

promottes some young paratroop- 
ers in his platoons 

8. SPC HOOKER SHOWS 

some humor while receiving 
medical attention after he received 
some shrapnel following a firefight. 

9. SGT ERTMER TAKES 

a nap next to the platoon mascot, 
WARLORD. 

10. SPC HOOKER GIVES 

the camera some love during a 
break from work at Able Main 

11. 2ND PLATOON 

conducts a dismounted patrol north 
of the village of Tantil 

12. A DRAGON PLATOON 

team leader waits for an up from 
his TC's before heading out on a 
counter I ED patrol 

13. A SOLDIER FROM 

Dragon Platoon tries to catch a nap 
in between guard shifts 

14. LT 60INES AND 

LT Ambrosia pose after crossing 
the Pech River 

15. SPC BAKER TAKES A 

breather from humping his M240B 
machine gun during a dismounted 
patrol 

16. OPERATION ROCK 

Avalanche, members of Dragon 
Platoon move their MK19 machine 
gun into a good overwatch position 
over the village of Tsam. 

17. SPC HOOKER KEEPS 

an eye for the enemy while 
manning his .50 Cal MG 
SSG S0K0L0WSKI 

soldiers take a break from 
- new VPB Honaker/ 



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1.SSG S0K0L0WSKI 

conducts Cordon & Search training 
with 1 1 Kandigal ANP. 
2. A21 INSPECTS THE 
identification of a local national 
while conducting a TCP in the 
village of Barkanday. 
3 A36 COLLECTS TARGET 
stands and E type silhouettes so 
his soldiers can conduct weapons 
training. 

4. PFC DAVIDSON 

5. LTC OSTIUND 

congratulates SSG Grafton and 
SPC Joiner after presenting them 
with ARCOMs with Valor Device for 
their heroic actions in the Watapor 
Valley earlier in the deployment 

6. SPARTANS 

I. DRAGON PLATOON 

fills sandbags for their new home 
at Able Main, "Dragon's Lair" 

8. THE SNOW COVERED 
monument, dedicated to PFCs 
Honaker and Miracle, keeps watch 
over the FOB that now bears their 
names. 

9. SPARTAN GUNNER 

10. PFC MCCUMBER 

II. SPC TANTAYANURAK 

scans his sector during a BDA 
patrol to Banda south of Sundray 
12.ETTS HELP PROVIDE 
medical care during a Medcap in 
Kandigal 

13. 2ND PLATOON MEDIC 

SPC Torrey poses for the camera 
during a dismounted patrol in the 
village of Kolak 

14. IT LEVAY AND IT 

Goines reflect on the last 24 hours 
following the Battle of Tsangar 

15. SPC 0EV0 

16. MEMBERS OF 3RD 

Platoon sit down to enjoy a late 
afternoon Christmas Meal 

17. DOC JORDAN 

enjoys a rambow on a hot day at 
Able Main 

18. SPC RAPRANGER 
joys a light read during a late 
y summer shower 




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1. THE BOYS OF 1ST 

platoon showing their Christmas 
Cheer 

2. IT KENNEDY AND SPG 

Salazar pose after a grappling 
match that left both competitors 
covered in sweat and dirt. 

3. PFC NORMANDIN. A 

native Texan, hams it up with the 
Dallas Cowboys 

4. 2.0001B GBU FOUND 
unexploded near a Banda in 
Sundray 

5. SPC MICHELS A FIRE 

Team Leader, on a mission near 
Asmar, Kunar Province giving 
sectors of fire to his Automatic 
Rifleman SPC Hurt. 

6.PFC FLOECK, PFC 

King, and PFC Camerena enjoying 
the nicer things at the USO tours. 

l.SPC'S WITT & SMILEY 

pose with FHM cover girl. 

8. SSG LOPEZ 

conducting radio watch during a 
three day mission to the Dangam 
District Headquarters. 

9 PV2 POWELL RECEIVES 

his Christmas Stocking from SFC 
Magana. 

10.D0C FIGUEROA TRIES 

to spread the words of peace 
throughout the Watapor Valley, 
one local national at a time. 
11. 3RD PLATOON TAKES 
a break from its busy schedule to 
pose for a Christmas Card 
12.PFC GOINES ENGAGES 
targets with his 9mm on the 
Neverland Range at FOB Honaker 
Miracle 

13. 1SG VELEZ, 1LT 
LeVay, SFC Magana 

14. A6 a A9 SHARE A 
moment during FB Michigan's 
weekly Shura which brings 
together head elders from seven 
major surrounding villages. 

15. A26 DRINKS CHAI 
with Barkanday ANP 

16. RETURNING FROM 

patrol in the Shudergay Valley 

17. SPC GRAVELLE GETS 

into the spirit as the soldiers of 3rd 
PLT enjoy their Christmas mean 
ther 

TON & SGT 

jrning from conduction and 

ia.trol around the Dangam 
Headquarters. 



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1. AFTER SPOTTING 3 

individuals with weapons on the 
Pund Sar peak, SGT Swilley draws 
a bead on a soon to be dead 
insurgent fighter attempting to flee. 

2. A6 HELPS A SMALL 

girl find her way during the 
Kandigal Medcap 

3.DAHGAM RIVER 

crossing to conduct R&S Patrol to 
an OP located to the North East. 

4. SFC MAGANA, SFC 

O'Dell, Shir Walli, and the CEO for 
the SAFI construction company 
during the COP Able Monti ASG 
compound opening ceremony. 

5. SFC MAGANA 

discussing with his interpreter 
issues to be addressed prior to 
conduct and inspection and to brief 
the ASG at COP Able Monti. 

6. MEMBERS OF 3RD PLT 

conduct a traffic control point 
outside of the Qamchi ANP station 

7. SPG LYONS, SFG 

Magana, and SPC Gau 

8. SGT ESTRADA'S FIRE 

Team (SPC Klix, SPC Baker, and 
SPC Gorman) conducting a class 
on how to properly lay concertina 

wire. 

9. GPT FKRETIG. CPT 

Nelson and LTC Ostlund 
conducting a meeting with the 
Dangam District Sub-Governor. 

10. PFC HATFIELD AND 

SGT Binder move to set up their 
60mm Mortar system. 

11. SPC WEST CONDUCTS 

security during a mission at an OP 
West of the COP Able Monti. 

12. A6 VISITS SUNDRAY 

to discuss the financing of a future 
rug factory. 

13. 1ST PLATOON 

Soldiers waiting for the ASG 
Compound opening ceremony at 
COP Able Monti. 

14. WHILE MOST PEOPLE 

pay big money for lake front 
property, the soldiers of 3rd PLT 
attempt to dig trenches to drain 
one of the many small ponds that 
formed around the camp after the 
first snow thaw. 

SGT GONZALEZ 

local transportation. 
GANA, 1LT 

1 ' T Rape enjoying a 



nt enemy 
activityTBj i pf operations. 

A Dm^p^p^p^p^H 

crew setting up their weapon 
system as part of KLE in the village 
of Shangar. 




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1. SPC IftCKV, SPC 

Williams, SPC King and SPC 
Akers. 

2. SPG CHIIDS PUUS 

security in the Sematan Bazar. 

3.SPC CATUNGAL 

pulling security. 

4. SPC KRUESIY. SGT 

Ertmer, and SPC King from 1st 
PLT preparing to conduct a 
dismounted patrol. 
5.SGT HIMROD RECEIVIS 

instructions from SSG Sokolowski. 

6. GPT NELSON, 1SG 

Velez, and SFC Magana 
recognizing several Paratroopers 
during an award ceremony. 

7. SPC GRAY STANDING 

by the big rock also known as an 
AAF fighting position. 
8.SFC MAGANA DRINKING 
tea. 

9. SPC HURT PLACING 

a local national as part of a Traffic 
Control Point in Shigal. 

10. SPC WILLIAMS ON 
his M240B Machine Gun. 
11.3RD SQUAD 2ND PLT 
at Fob Michigan. 

12. SPC LEMARR TAKES 

a break between firing interations 
during marksmanship training. 

13. SPC PETSGH FIRING 

his 9mm at Able Mains pistol 
range. 

14. 2ND SQUAD 2ND PLT 

prepares to asend the mountain to 
ANA OP Pride Rock near FOB 
Michigan. 

15. 3RD SQUAD 2ND PLT 

practice battle drill 1A at FOB 
Michigan. 

16. SPC DAVIDSON, SPC 

Whitehead, SPC Figueroa, and 
SPC Goins. 

17. SPC CORONA 

standing guard. 

18. SGT HIMROD MAKES 

friends with a local puppy before 
heading out on patrol. 





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1. 2ND WPN'S SQUAD 

returning from a Combat patrol 
south of Able Main. SGT 
Hutchings is leading the patrol. 

2. SPC PHILLIPS PUTS 

SPC Figueroa in a burka 

demonstrating who the man is in 

the room. 

3.GENERAL RODRIGUEZ'S 

visit ends with him handing out 

coins to deserving Soldiers like 

SPC Normandin and SPC 

Whitehead. 

4. 3RD PLT GUN TEAM 

5.SPG LOCKLEAR 

calling in the location of the patrol. 

6. ABLE MAIN 

7. SGT GONZALEZ 

washing some clothes at Able 
Main. 

8. SPC DAVIDSON 

posing as a Chinook is taking off 

from Honaker Miracle. 

9.SPG SMITH AND SSG 

Grafton conducting a shura with 

the Elders of the village of Tenday. 

10. 1LT KENNEDY 

and SSG Hall Looking on as they 
get ready to go into a village. 

11. 1ST PLATOON 

Able Company gathers for a photo 
after conducting mission rehersals 
for Operation Rock Penetrator. 
12.SSG GREGORY. LOOK 
he's not at JAF. 

13. SOLDIERS OF 3RD 

PLT taking a rest and hanging 
(hiding) out while the Team 
Leaders work on the North Gun 
position of Able Main. 

14. SPC FIGUEROA & 

SPC Davidson about to depart on 
Mounted Counter IED Patrol. 

15.SPC FIGUEROA 

serenading SPC Gains and SPC 
Whitehead. Notice the star gazing 
look in the eyes of those being 
serenaded. And to think it has only 
been 10 months. 
16. 1STM 3RD & HQ 
elements conduct movement up to 
the village of Tenday. 

17 SPC UNDERWOOD 

concentrating on the task at hand. 

SPC LOCKHART 

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1. 1ST PLATOON, RACKS 

Out at FOB Abad before Operation 
Rock Penetrator. 

2. SFC FUCHS IS 

always ready for action. 

3. 2ND SQUAD 

taking a quick halt. 

4. SSG BEYER IS BUSY 

giving his men there sectors of fire. 

5. SGT GUIDRY IS 

always ready to call for fire. 

6. SPC LOPEZ, SPC 

Hunt, and SGT Evans relaxing 
after a mounted patrol to COP Able 
Main. 

7. TRYING TD SET UP 

guy in a good shady spot. 

8. SPG LEWIS IS 

having a good time during the 
mission. 

9. SSG WALUS 

briefing his squad on their roles 
during Operation Rock Penetrator. 

10. SSG METCALFE AND 

SPC King after conducting PCI's at 
COP Honaker-Miracle 

11. SGT MARTIN & 

SPC Rankin observing a fire 
mission during Operation Rock 
Penetrator. 

12. SSG WALUS AND 

SSG Metcalfe modeling their newly 
issued tops at COP Honaker- 
Miracle. 

13. SSG METCALFE AND 

his Gun Team SPC Gorman, SPC 
King, and PFC Krusely. 

14. SPC'S MEYER, 

Camarillo and Lemar prepare to 
move to the objective during 
Operation Rock Penetrator. 

15.2ND SQUAD, 1ST PLT 

ready for an air-assault mission 
into the Narang Valley. 

16. 2ND SQUAD, 1ST 

PLT after mission rehearsal at FOB 
ABAD 

17. 2LT KEEFE IS 

focusing on the task at hand during 
his first mission with 2nd PLT 

18. SPC LOPEZ IS 

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1. SFG SMITH ENSURING 

the proper count when counting his 
men through the choke point. 

2. SPC GRAVELLE 

laying in the prone next to a tree 
providing security on a leader's 
recon. 

3. SPC PIQUET 

walking down the mountain 
towards the low ground earring the 
SAW with Pride. 

4. CPT HAUGER & GPT 

Nelson going over plans for a fire 
mission during Operation Rock 
Penetrator. 

5. SPG NORMANQIN 

walking UP to HIGH cround during 
Operation Longest Mile. 

6. IT KENNEDY... 
need I say more. 

7. DDC GROSS 

teaching ANA soldiers, how to treat 
a wounded local national after 
suffering a hand injury due to an 
attack on Able Main. 

8. SPC CATUN6AL 

preparing to mount the vehicle 
after the patrol brief to go to 
Honaker Miracle. 

9. SPG HOLMES IS ON 

the move. 

10. PV2 FREE 

attending to business between 
CPT Nelson and the company. 

11. LT KENNEDY 

briefing the squad leaders, SSG 
Grafton, SSG Hall, SSG Gregory, 
and SGT Hutchings. 

12. ABLE COMPANY 

showing appreciation to Thunder 8 
and the rest of the mortar team. 

13. EOS AND RTO'S 

of Able Company at Able Main. 

14.GPT NELSON, 1LT 

Ambrosia, 1SG Velez , and SGT 

Testa after phase one of Operation 

Rock Penetrator. 

15.F0 WITH DSHK 

16. ABLE COMPANY 

Scouts moving into an over watch 
position. 

17. SFC SMITH AND LT 

Kennedy looking towards the low 
— ud to identify key positions to 
atch. 

NNIS 

his men ensuring 



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BATTLE COMPANY 







C "ANY COMMANDER 
CPi 3ANIEL P. KEARNEY 



COMPANY FIRST SERGEANT 
1SG LAMONTA CALDWELL 



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1ET0CIN 

Halloween costumes 

WARD 

ceremony. 

3. 1ST PIT. ON PITOl 

at FB Vegas 

4. LT PIOSA a SPC 

Underwood. 

5. 155'S FIRING THE 

fallen hero illumination mission. 

6. SHOCKWAVE 

7. GAPTAIH KEARNEY 

at his weekly shura 
8. THE NEWEST 

addition to Battle Company, PFC 

Chisenhall arrives at the front gate 

of the KOP, musket in hand. 

9. SGT MILLER a PFG 

Viets at OP Pride Rock. 



X BATTLE HARD X 



SSG ALCANTARA, ELLIOTT 
SSG ALLDREDGE, JASON 
PVT ANDERSON, ERIC 
SPC BALDWIN, JASON 



SFC BARBERET, DAVID 
PFC BARNARD, JERRY 
PV2 BASS, SCOTT 
PVT BEACH, EMERSON 



SPC BELGARDE, CODY 
SFC BRANSCUM, GARY 
PFC BRIGGS, WESLY 
PFC BROWN, ARTHUR 



SGT BULLOCK, KEVIN 
PV2 BUNNELL, 
CHRISTOPHER 
SSG BUNO, TEODORO 
PV2 BURNS, WILLIAM 



;PC CAMPBELL, MICHAEL 

: CANTU, VINNY 
PI ^EY, KALEB 

PV1 ZO, JAMES 




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SGT CHIOKL, M] I'HAEL 

PFC CHISENHALL 

NICHOLAS 

PVT CLARY, GARRETT 

SGT COFFEE, ALDUS 



PVT CORTEZ, MIGUEL 

SSG COULTER, MATTHEW 

PFC CUNNINGHAM, 

MICHAEL 

SGT DANFORTH, CRAIG 



SPC DIEBLER, LEVI 
PFC DONOHO, TADA 
PFC DUNN, STERLING 
PV2 ECKRODE, FRANKLIN 



PFC EDMONDS, ERIK 
SGT EDWARDS, TYRELL 
PVT ELIZONDO, ROBERT 
SGT ERICKSON, MICHAEL 



PVT FIMBRES, JAMES 
SGT FULLER, SAMUEL 
SSG GALLARDO, ERICK 
SGT GANGWER, TYLER 



X BATTLE HARD X 




2LT GILLESPIE, STEPHEN 
SGT GIUNTA, SALVATORE 
PV2 GRIEGO, DERRICK 
PFC GUTIERREZ, MIGUEL 



PV2 HARTLINE, ERIC 
SGT HAYNES, STEVEN 
PV2 HENRY, DUSTIN 
SGT HIJAR, ARON 



PFC HOFF, TIMOTHY 
PFC HOTZ, BRYAN 
SGT HOYT, CHRISTOPHER 
SGT HUNTER, THOMAS 



PFC IZELL, CHRISTOPHER 
PFC JACKSON, MICHAEL 
SPC JOHNSON, ANDREW 
PV2 JONES, STERLING 



PVT KIM, STEVE 

1 LAMBERT, JOHN 
SS \THERS, MICHAEL 

PFC BLANC, MATTHEW 




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SPC LEE, CAYLEB 
PV2 LINDLEY, RICHARD 
PFC LIZAMA, RYAN 
SPC MACE, JASON 



1LT MACGREGOR, IAN 
SSG MARTIN, RUSSELL 
SPC MCDANIEL, JEFFREY 
SSG MCDONOUGH, JOSHUA 



PV2 MCLAUCHLAN, 

ANDREW 

PFC MICKEM, JON 

SGT MILLER, MARCUS 

1LT MOAD, MICHAEL 



PV2 MONROE, DANIEL 
PVT MONROE, JASON 
PVT MORENO, MATTHEW 
PVT MURPHY, ROSS 



SSG NAVASMARTINEZ, 

CARLOS 

PVT NEVALA, LUKE 

PFC NEWBERRY, SHAWN 

PV2 OBENNOSKEY, 

ANTHONY 



BniTSaiSEKIEISL «<Sk.U«uaBB 




X BATTLE HARD X 




SGT O'BYRNE, BRENDAN 
SPC OLIVARES, MICHAEL 
PV2 OLSON, BRANDON 
SGT OQUENDO, FRANCISCO 



SSG PADILLAMUNGUIA, 

RAMON 

SSG PARFITT, JOSEPH 

SFC PATTERSON, MARK 

PV2 PAULSON, KRISTOPHER 



PVT PEMBLE-BELKIN, 

MISHA 

SPC PERRY, BRETT 

PV2 PROCTOR, KENNETH 

SSG RENTASSALOME, 

MCKELY 



SSG REYES, CHRIS 

SSG RICE, KEVIN 

SGT RICHARDSON, DANIEL 

PV2 RINARD, KEVIN 



PV2 RIZZO, ZACHARIAH 
SGT ROBERSON, BENJAMIN 

OBERTS, MATTHEW 
SC. P ERTS, PETER 




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SGT ROSENWA! ! >, ADAM 
PV2 RUEDA, GEORGE 
PFC RUSSELL, KKISTOPHER 
SPC SHADIX, DARREN 



SSG SIMON, MATTHEW 
PFC SKAINES, DANIEL 
PVT SMITH, RYAN 
PV2 SOLOWSKI, MARC 



SGT SOTO, ADRIAN 

PFC SP ANGLER, STEPHEN 

PV2 SPARK, TED 

PFC SPINO, NICHOLAS 



SPC STEINER, KYLE 

SGT STICHTER, TANNER 

PVT THOMAS, 

CHRISTOPHER 

SGT THOMAS, NATHAN 



SPC THOMPSON, JEFFREY 
SPC TORRES, RAFAEL 
PVT TOVES, ANGEL 
PFC UNDERWOOD, BRIAN 



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SPC VANDEBERGE, CARL 

2LT VARNER, RICHARD 

PFC VAUGHN, CRAIG 



PVT VIETS, RICKEY 
PVT VILLAREAL, DAVID 
PV2 WALKER, LUCAS 
PV2 WHITE, MATTHEW 



SGT WHITE, TAYLOR 
SGT WILLIAMS, SETH 
PV2 WILSON, BOBBY 
PVT WILSON, CODY 



SGT WILSON, DAMON 
1LT WINN, BRADLEY 
SGT WOOD, WILLIAM 
PFC WORREL, 
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3. DISMOUNTED PATROl 

with ANA 

4. PFC MORENO. SPC 

Hijar, SPC Underwood 

5. IT PIOSA a 

SSG SIMON. 
6. MORTAR ROUND 

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SPC NEVALLA 

8. IT PIOSA a SFG 

Patterson 

9. SANTA a CSM 

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Platoon 

2.SGT STICHTER 

3. IT WINN & 1SS 

Caldwell. 

4. SS6 SHEITON, SSG 

Alldredge and SSG Rougle. 

5. IT VARNER. 1SG 

Caldwell, LT Winn, LT Steger, and 
LT Neal serving Thanksgiving 
Dinner 

6. PIT FIRES AT AWARD 

Ceremony. 

7.1S6, SEC PATTERSON 

and SGT Richardson 

8. PEC RESTREPO 

caught smoking. 

9. SGT HOVT AND PFC 

Kim digging at OP Restrepo. 

10. SGT HAYNES AND 
one of his workers. 

11. THE SPARTANS! 

12. BATTLE BDI PINS 

on Specialist. 

13. ISAE COMMANDER 

hands out coins. 

14. GENERAL MCNEIL 

speaks to the men of Battle Co. 

15. GENERAL MCNEIL 

and Col Preysler with awardees. 

16. WILDCAT 1 AFTER 

the completion of Operation Dark 
City. 

17. SPC HIJAR 

18. PFC VANDENBER6 



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taken for Coach Hawkins and will 
be contacting and sending to PFC 
Murphree at Walter Reed. 

2. 4TH OF JULY 

fireworks from the 120mm at the 
KOP 

3. BATTLE COMPANY 3RD 
Platoon. 

4. 3RD PLATOON TAKING 
chowing down on Thanksgiving 
Dinner 

5. SSG ROUBLE AND 

SSG Rice. 

6. CHIRSTMAS DINNER 
at COP Vimoto. 

7. CPT KEARNEY. GEN 

McNeil and 1SG Caldwell 
8.SGT WOOD AT THE 

KOP. 

9. SSG LARRY ROUGLE 

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caption for photo 

10. SPC UNDERWOOD. 

SGT Buno and SPC Erickson 
eating dinner 

11. THE BIRD GOING 

to Afghanistan. 

12. RPG HOLE AT FB 

Phoenix 

13. BATTLE COMPANY 

NCO'S 

14. PFC RESTREPO & 

SGT Stitcher trying out large ear 
plugs 

15. BATTLE 6 & BATTLE 

9 patrolling in Korengal Valley 

16. BATTLE COMPANY 
with General McNeil 

17. JACKSON AT 

Bagram. 

18. SGT RENTAS AT 

Bagram Airfield. 



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at the range on Camp Blessing. 

2.SS6 COULTER FIRES 

the M777 howitzer in support of 1st 
PLT during Operation Sure Shot. 
3. BATTLE COMPANY 

with MG Rodriguez and LTG Ham. 

4.C00KING ON A COLO 

day at the OP. 
5.SGT THOMAS, SPC 

Olivares and the ANA SL pose 
near the KOP HA distribution 
center. 

6. ADMIRAL MULLEN 

and soldiers of Battle Company. 

7. S6T YOUNG & 

SPC Rogers heading out on a 
night time scout mission. 

8. SSG SNIPES BEING 

cared for by SGT Young after 
injuring his shoulder. Note the 
shades and earplugs thoughtfully 
provided by Team 1 . 

9. SPC COFFEE 

reenlists in the Korengal Valley. 

10. ADMIRAL MULLEN, 

1SG Caldwell and LT Winn. 

11.SPC LIHESAY TAKES 

aim at Honcho Hill with his sniper 
rifle. 

12. SGT 0QUEND0 

shortly before his gun team made 
contact during Operation Rock 
Penetrator. 

13. PSG'S AND 1SG 

at Award Ceremony. 
14.D0NGA ELDERS 

thank 1 1t moad during a patrol 

through the village following a 

large scale ACM attack that was 

defeated. 

1S.1LT WINN ORIENTS 

Admiral Mullen to the Korengal 

Valley. 

16.FEBRUARY 

Promotions: LT Cummings, SGT 
Erikson, SGT Jones, SPC Beam, 
and SPC Williams. 

17. B92 IS PROMOTED 

to SPC Murphy 

18. SGT UNDERWOOD AT 

his 60mm mortar firing point during 
Operation Rock Penetrator. 



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manning the .50 cal after firing 200 

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2. PFC GRAPES POSES 

for the camera at Camp Blessing 
after patrol. 



3. DOC SWAIMS * DOC 

Lemon take a break at a security 

halt en route back to base IVO 

Kama. 



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instructs HAWK01 to conduct an 

area reconnaissance to the 

northeast prior to dismounted 

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enjoying his Christmas gifts from 
the FRG Group at Bella Outpost. 



6. SSG ROGERS. SGT 

Zettl, PFC Brown, PFC Wagintz 
and PFC Dummond ready to go 
out on a patrol at FOB Fortess. 



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PFC Griffiths searching a cave for 

possible ACM fighting positions or 

caches IVO Narang Valley. 



8. SSG TAYLOR TAKES 

a breather IVO Narang Valley 
during Patrol. 



9. SSG OTFINOSKI. SSG 

Simmon, and SSG Tobias pose for 

the camera after a long patrol 

through the Narang Valley 



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PFC AGUILAR, JOE 
SPC ALBERT, JONATHON 
SPC ALVEY, STEPHEN 



SSG ANDERSON, CLIFTON 
SPC BELL, CHARLES 
SSG BENTON, JONATHAN 
SPC BORDEN, LAQUAN 



SPC BOYLE, SEAN 
PFC BRADY, JEREMY 
PFC BROWN, CEDRIC 
PV2 BURNETT, JAMES 



PFC BURTON, SHANE 
SGT CANALES, JOSE 
PFC CARDINALE, TAYLOR 
SSG CAVAZOS, ADRIAN 



SGT CHAVEZ, HECTOR 
: CHOAY, CHRISTOPHER 
I INCY, LORENZO 
SG LLINS, AARON 




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SPC CONSTANCIO, 

JONATHAN 

PFC COONS, KEVIN 

PFC CURRAN, 

CHRISTOPHER 

SGT DELANEY, ADAM 



PFC DELORIA, JEDDAH 
PFC DENTON, MICHAEL 
PFC DERRY, SCOTT 
PV2 DIAZ, JUAN 



PFC DRUMMOND, RYAN 
SSG DZWIK, DAVID 
PFC EADS, IAN 
PFC ELLER, JASON 



PFC FOX, TROY 
1LT GEORGE, DEVIN 
SGT GILMORE, JARED 
SGT GOBBLE, MATTHEW 



SSG GONZALES, LUCAS 
SGT GONZALEZ, CARLOS 
2LT GONZALEZ, ERIC 
PFC GRAPES, REID 




CHOSEN FEW 



PFC GREEN, GABRIEL 
PFC GREEN, JOSHUA 
PFC GRIFFITH, HARRY 
CPL GUTTERSEN, BRIAN 



SPC HALE, URIAH 
PFC HAMBY, ADAM 
SGT HAMELIN, LAURENT 
PFC HANNA, THOMAS 



PFC HANSON, TYLER 
PFC HARBAUGH, ROBERT 
PFC HAYES, JOHN 
PFC HERRING, DAVID 



SGT HISSONG, BRIAN 
PFC HOLMAN, JACOB 
SGT HUNT, NATHAN 
PFC HUXFORD, SAMUEL 



SPC ILES, JEFFERY 

: INGLEDUE, RICHARD 
' NSON, ERIC 
SC , -INSON, MICHAEL 




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PFC JOHNSON, STEPHEN 
SGT JOHNSTON, ZACCERY 
l^Q J SPC KALENTIS, JUSTIN 

PFC KERNS, STEVEN 



SPC KLEIN, SPENCER 
PFC KOCHEIV, DIMITRY 
PV2 KRUPA, WILLIAM 
SPC KUHLMAN, TYLER 



PFC LATULIPPE, JOSEPH 
SGT LAWRENCE, MICHAEL 
PV2 LISTER, TARIEN 
PFC LOCKER, AARON 



SGT LOFTON, JACKIE 
PFC MCCAIN, MATTHEW 
PV2 MCGUFFIE, JOSEPH 
PFC MCKAIG, 
CHRISTOPHER 



SGT MEYER, DYLAN 
PFC MEYERS, JACOB 
PFC MOLNAR, JEFFREY 
PFC MURRAY, NICHOLAS 






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PFC NANTAKUL, 
ANANTHACHAI 
PV2 OGO, JACKARY 
SSG OTFINOSKI, JOHN 
PFC PALOMINO, JOSE 



SPC PEERY, PAUL 
SSG PEREZ, MILES 
SSG PHILLIPS, ERICH 
SGT PITTS, RYAN 



PFC PLANTIKO, 
CHRISTOPHER 
SSG QUECK, JESSE 
PFC RAUWOLF, GREGG 
SGT RELPH, JOHN 



SPC REMMEL, ROBERT 
PFC RICHARD, TOBY 
PV2 RIFANBURG, JARED 
SPC RODRIGUEZ, 
FRANCISCO 



SSG ROGERS, CONOR 
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^ALAZAR, JOASHUA 
SSC MAROO, SEAN 




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SGT SAN1 [AGO, MICHAEL 
SPC SCANTLIN, JEFFERY 
2LT SCHICK, ADAM 
SPC SCHILLINGS, KAIN 



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PFC SCHMIDT, JAMES 
SGT SHAW, JEFFREY 
SSG SILVERNALE, KYLE 
SSG SIMMONS, STEPHEN 



PVT SONES, JACOB 
PFC SOWELLS, JOSHUA 
PFC STAFFORD, TYLER 
PV2 STENOSKI, SCOTT 



PFC STOCKARD, WALTER 
SFC STOCKARD, WILLIAM 
SSG STODDARD, TRAVIS 
PV2 SUTOR, JAMES 



SSG TAKES, JAMES 

2LT THURMAN, 

ALEXANDER 

PFC TINNIN, WALACE 

PFC URNER, KENNETH 




CHOSEN FEW 




PFC VEGA, ANTONIO 
PFC WAGNITZ, KEVIN 
SPC WALKER, JACOB 
PFC WHITE, KYLE 



SGT WILLIAMS, ZACHARY 
PFC WRIGHT, NATHAN 
PVT YOUNG, MATTHEW 
SGT YOUNG, MICHAEL 



PFC ZEAMER, BENJAMIN 
SGT ZETTL, BRANDON 
2LT KEETING, JACOB 
2LT MEEHAN, RYAN 



SPC TUNER, KENNETH 



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Nanglam 



2. SSG STODDARD 

conducts a foot patrol to an OP in 
the beautiful Mountains of Puruns. 



3. CHAPLAIN NELSON. 

SPC Coddington, PFC Lester, SPC 

Fleming, and SSG Rizzo at Bella 

Outpost during Thanksgiving 



4. PFC SCHWARZ. PFC 

sowells, and PV2 Sones take a 

breather after movement up little 

Avalanche during C26 dismounted 

patrol 



5. SFC CHOAV GAZES TO 

the east, over-watching Bella as 

his soldiers mop up the flood 

disaster 



6. SPC WALKER, SPC 

Rainey, SPC Phillips, and PFC 
Hamby at Bella Outpost 



7. PFC NANTAKUl POSES 

for the camera during a mounted 
patrol in Wanat 



8. CHOSEN COMPAMY 

skull at Camp Blessing during the 
Holidays. 



9. CSM VIMOTO. SSG 

Rizzo, and SGT Valles enjoying a 

game of poker on Thanksgiving 

Day at Bella Outpost. 







CHOSEN FEW 




I. SPG JOHNSTON. PFG 

Johnson, PFC Cardinale, PFC 

Turner, PFC Hanna and PFC Diaz 

taking a break in the center of the 

perimeter during a foot patrol to 

Aranas district. 

2.1SG BEESON REUNITES 

with his long lost brother at Bella 

Outpost. 

3. PFC DIAZ, PFC 

Kalenits, SPC Lancour, and PVT 
Hegerty taking a bath at Bella 
outpost before shower was 
installed. 

4. SGT SANTIAGO AIMS 

at an unknown position in Kama. 

5. SS6 GAVAZOS. PFG 

Griffiths, PFC Stockard, and Doc 
are taking a break after a Cordon 
and Search mission in the Narang 
Valley. 

6. CHOSEN AND ANA 

loading up on a CH 47 for a 
mission IVO Puruns. 

7. LT BROSTROM & 

SPC Rainey enjoying the snow 

8. ABDULA STOPS TO 

take a swig of water during the 
walk back to base in Kama 

9. SSG PHILLIPS, SGT 

Gilmore, SGT Chavez, and SPC 
Baldwin prepare the mortar system 
for a fire mission at the Ranch 
House. 

10. SSG STODDARD AND 

SGT Rux monitor radios during the 
Rescue and Search mission. 

II. SSG TAKES, PFG 

Derry, PFC Kalenits, and PFC 
Hegerty attend bull riding lessons 
at Bella Outpost. 
12. SSG TAKES, PFC 

Kalenits, and PFC Derry returning 
to Bella Outpost after a long walk 
from Muladesh. 

13.SSG STPDDARD, SSG 

Aass, and SGT Rux pulling radio 
guard in Puruns. 

14.PFG GREEN IS ON 

the look out at Bella's OP 
15 SGT LOFTON AND SGT 

Coddington conducting a sling load 
operations at Bella Oupost. 
16. BELLA OUTPOST 
covered in snow. 

SG SILVERNALE ft 

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CHOSEN FEW 




1. SGT PIUS AND SPC 

Borden prepare for Operation 
Rock Avalanche at FOB Blessing. 

2. SS6 STODDARD STOPS 

and takes a breather after walking 
up to Bella OP. 

3. SPC SCHWARZ AND 

SGT Pitts take a lunch break after 
a long dismounted patrol. 

4. SGT WISE ON PATROL 

5. SS6 GARGIA POSES 

for the camera during a dis- 
mounted patrol. 

6. SGT GONZALEZ, SPC 

Delario, and ANA after a patrol 
from Bella to the Ranch House. 

7.1 FEEL SO TALL ON 

top of these mountains. SFC 
Stockard IVO Ranch House. 

8. SGT AASS POSES for 

the camera on OBJ TSAM in the 
Shuryak during Rock Avalanche. 

9. CLOSING OF THE 

Ranch House. ..Burn Baby Burn! 

10. SSG SILVERNALE 

poses for the camera during a 
village meeting 

11. CPT MERCIER AIMS 

at a suspiciouse looking area in the 
fields of Nangalam. 

12. PFC GRAPES AT 

Bella Outpost enjoying a nice cold 
cut sandwich 

13. DOC MCMAIN TAKING 

a glance at the mountains. 

14. CPT FERRARA AND 

SGT Gilmore smile as they gaze at 
the burning of the Ranch House. 
15.SSG DWIZK AND KIDS 
during a patrol south of Blessing. 

16. LT GEORGE AKA 

Devin the Dude watches over his 
platoon as they prepare for Rock 
Avalanche at FOB Blessing. 

17. 3RD PLATOON/ANA 

prepare for mission in Destined 
AO. 

18. SPC LANCOUR 

taking the hill enroute to Ataza. 




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1.SSG CAVAZOS, PFC 

Griffiths, PFC Stockard, SPC 
Constancio, SGT Lawrence, and 
PFC Plantiko enjoying Thanksgiv- 
ing Dinner at FOB Fortress. 

2. LT GONZALEZ 

wondering if he can call home on 
the little green boz on patrol 
around the Wanat area. 

3. CHOSEN COMPANY 

headquarters section enjoying 
some Thanksgiving dinner at Camp 
Blessing. 

4.SGT HAMEUN AND PFC 

Burnett at Camp Joyce. 

5. PFC WRIGHT CATCHES 

a breather after a hard day of 
preparation for Rock Avalanche at 
FOB Blessing. 

6. SOLDIERS OF RELLA 

Outpost take cover from small 

arms fire. 

1. CPT MEYER SHARES 

his last pieces of candy with the 

kids around the wagul area. 

8. SFC HORVAL AND SSG 
Rogers. 

9. SSG SAMAROO AND 

SGT Gobble cooking dinner at 
Bella. 

10. SSG TORIAS AND 
Simmons. 

11.3RD PLATOON 

12. CHOSEN COMPANY 

soldiers enjoying Thanksgiving 
Dinner. 

13. SFC STOCKARD, SSG 
Stoddard, and SSG Anderson pose 
in front of Chosen Company CP at 
Camp Blessing. 

14. R0R0 DOES HEAD 

check for flea's on SPC Hovater at 
Bella OP. 

15. SPC SHILLING. PFC 

White, SPC Langevin, and PFC 
Huxford wait on aircraft for Rock 
Avalanche at FOB Blessing. 

16. SPC HOLMAN 

17. MARY AND JANE 

waiting for the jury on Thanksgiv- 
ing Day. 

18.6060 C0ND0CTS 

over-watch from Bella OP. 





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CHOSEN FEW 




1.PFC MCCAIN. SGT 

Alvey, SPC Peery, and PFC 
Plantiko. 

2. SSG SIMMONS 

3. SGT ALVEY, PFC 

Plantiko, SPC Waganitz, PFC 
Drummond, SGT Zettle, SPC 
Peery, PFC McCain, and PFC 
Brown 

4. SGT CAVASOS, 
Chowkay Valley Patrol. 

5.1LT SCHICK. IVO 

Sarkani District patrol. 

6. SPC PEERY, SGT 

Alvey, PFC McCain and PFC 
Plantiko. 

7. SGT ZETTLE, PFC 

Brown, SPC Waganitz, PFC 
Drummond. FOB Fortress. 

8. SPC STOCKARO 
9.SPC KUHLMAN 

10. SPC LOCKER 

11. PFC MGCAIN. SGT 

Alvey, SPC Peery, PFC Brown, 
PFC Plantiko, SSG Rogers, PFC 
Drummond, SFC Horval, SPC 
Waganitz, SGT Zettle. 

12. SPC HOLMAN. 

13. SPC HOLMAN, SPC 

Kuhlman, SSG Taylor, PFC Vega, 
SFC Horval, PFC Zeamer, SPC 
Locker, and PFC Brady. 

14.SSG SIMMONS, SGT 

Young, SGT Cavasos, SPC 
Constancio, SPC Stockard, PFC 
Green, SPC Griffith, PFC 
Palomino, and PFC Sutor. 

15. LT SCHICK, SSG 
Upp, and SFC Horval. 

16. PFC AGUILLAR, SFC 

Horval, SPC Holman, SSG 
Otfinoski, SGT Hamelin, SGT 
Jensen, and SSG Simmons 
17.M0RTAR IMPACT 

18.S6T JENSEN AND 

PFC Meyers. 





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CHOSEN FEW 




1. PFC ZiAMER. SPC 

Locker, and PFC Brady. Operation 
Rock Avalanche. 

2. SSG TAYLOR 

3. S6T ALVEY AND SGT 

Zettle. 

4.SGT YOUNG, SSG 

Simmons, and SGT Cavasos. 

5. SGT ALVEY 

6. SPC PEERY. SGT 

Alvey and PFC McCain. 

I. SPG GRIFFITH, PFC 

Sutor, SGT Cavasos and SPC 
Stockard. 

8.SGT CAVASOS. 

Chowkay Valley Patrol. 
9. PFC BROWN 

10.SPC WA6ANITZ, PFC 

Brown and PFC Drummond. 

II. S6T LAWRENCE, SPC 

Holman, SPC Kuhlman, PFC Vega, 
PFC Brady, SPC Locker, PFC 
Zeamer, and SSG Taylor. FOB 
Fortress. 

12. DONKEY TRAIN TO 

OP 1 with Thanksgiving Dinner. 

13. PFC SUTOR AND PFC 

Palomino 

14. SPC BOYLE 

15. PFC VEGA, SPC 

Kuhlman and SPC Holman. 

16. PFC AGUILLAR AT 

FOB Fortress Range. 

17. PFC PALOMINO 

PFC Sutor, and SGT Young 
18.PFC ZEAMER 




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CHOSEN FEW 




1. CHOSEN COMPANY 

2PLT NCO's pose for the camera 
at Camp Joyce. 

2. MORTARS DURING 

a fire mission at Camp Blessing. 

3. GPT MYER HOLDS 

up flag with village elders 

4. 1LT GONZALEZ 

prepares for caters analysis from a 
incoming round. 

5. SGT AASS HANDING 

out some Propaganda supporting 
Coalition Forces. 

6. 2 PIT TEAM 

leader's pose for the camera 
before Operation Rock Tempest. 

7. SSG STODDARD & 

SGT AASS pose for the camera 
during a mounted patrol. 
8.CIR AND CAB AWARDS; 
SSG Queck pins PVT Shick 

9. OFFICER LEADERSHIP 

CPT Meyers, 1 LT Gonazale, LT 
Bostrom, and LT George. 

10. 1SG BEESON AND 

SFC Stockard take a break during 
a patrol halt in the village of Senji. 

11. 2ND PIT PREPARES 

for Operation Rock Tempest. 

12. SPC NANTAKAUL 

and PVT Stenoski firing mortars 
during a fire mission. 

13. MORTARS FIRING 

position during Operation Rock 
Tempest. 

14. SSG QUECK POSE'S 

for the camera during Operation 
Rock Tempest. 

15. SSG DELANY. SPC 

Lister, SPC Scantlin, and SPC 
Hovater. 

16. SSG BENTON. SSG 

Delany, SPC Grapes, SGT Walker, 

SPC Lister, SPC Hovater, and SPC 

Scantlin. 

11. SPG NANTAKUL 

pose for the camera. 

18.SFC KAHLEB POSES 

for the camera; IVO Chapadarah 
District Center 




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1. SPG JOHNSON 

pulling security 

2. SPC DENTON FIRES 

some mortar rounds during training 
event. 

3. MORTAR FIRING 
position around the village of 
Kandy. 

4. SSG PHILLIPS 

conducts a fire mission at FOB 

Blessing. 

5.1LT THORMAN POSES 

for the camera with an ASG 

National. 

6. SPC HANNA OPENS 

the door to get some fresh air 

during a mounted patrol around the 

Wodi Garam village. 

I. PFG EADS HANGS 

mortar rounds during a mortar 

training event. 

8. MORTAR MEN CONDUCT 

a fire mission. 

9.D0C KADERLI GIVES 

medical attention to local national 
10. SPC JOHNSON 

takes a break during a dismounted 
patrol around the Qandaro village. 

II. SGT RUX, SPC 

Turner, and SPC Rauwolf take a 
break after a patrol around the 
Kandigal. 

12. SGT CHAVEZ TAKES 

a break during a patrol halt around 
the village of Saydur. 

13. SPC JOHNSON ALONG 

with PFC Rifanburg prepare dinner 
for the guys at Michigan. 

14. 1LT THURMAN AND 

Omid discuss some issues with the 
locals around the Nangalam area. 

15. SSG SALAZAR POSES 

for the camera during a patrol. 
16.SGT JOHNSTON 

poses for the camera in the village 
of Wodi Gerum during dismounted 
patrol. 
17.6ENERAL MCNEAL 

pins SPC Wright and soldiers 
during CIB and CAB awards day at 
FOB Bella outpost. 

18. MORTAR MEN 

conduct a fire mission. 




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1. SSG STODDARD & 

SPC Nantakul wait outside while 
THT conduct their tactical 
questioning during Rock 
Penetrator. 

2. SPG RODRIGUEZ 

takes a knee during a short halt in 
route to OBJ Genova. 

3. 1SG REESON WAITS 

for exfil aircraft to arrive in the 

center of the perimeter. 

4. SGT AASS FINALLY 

gets his turn in the rest plan and 

takes the opportunity to catch 

some shut eye. 

5. CHOSEN 6 

over-watches the objective area 
during Operation Rock Tempest. 

6. SPG HOVATER AND 

Eads enjoy a morning snack 
shortly after stand-to. 

7. SSG PHILLIPS. 

SSG Stoddard, SGT Lofton, SSG 
Queck and SGT Gilmore ready to 
move out. 

8. SPC NANTAKUL 

9. 3RD PIT EXHLS THE 

objective area during Rock 
Penetrator. 

10. SGT AASS TAKING 

the hill in order to get back to the 
Company Command Post. 

11. SSG 8ENT0N 0VER- 

looks his squad's positions and 
contemplates where to adjust. 

12. SPC NANTAKUL 

conducts a radio check with the 
company command post while on 
OBJ Geneva. 

13. SSG STODDARD 

takes a breather in the center of 
the perimeter upon return from 
OBJ Genova 

14. SSG STODDARD 

pauses to wait for THT in route to 
Objective Genova. 

15. SPC WALKER & 

SPC Scantlin taking a break in 
their fighting positions shortly after 
stand-to during Operation Rock 
Penetrator. 

16. CPT MVER & 1SG 

Beeson chat with Farshad 
(interpreter) while they wait for the 
I elders to arrive. 
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COMPANY COMMANDER 
CPT MICHAEL JACKSO N 



COMPANY COMMANDER 
CPT CHRISTOPHER ROWE 




COMl FIRST SERGEANT 

1SG MITCHELL RUCKER 



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COMPANY FIRST SERGEAN 
1SG STEPHEN ZALESKI 



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his excitement with SSG Kemp 

during a patrol down the Pech 

River Road. 

2 FOB 10 VCt - 

Kunar River 

3. PFC P001E. SGT 

Gilmore, and PFC Bray catch a 

break in some shade. 

4. PFC GIBBS GIVING 

PFC Lynch a class on the T.O.W. 

Missile. 

5.PFC LYNCH GETTING 

ready to Hang and Fire a 120mm 

Mortar. 

6. PFC STRUNK, SGT 

Ochoa, and SGT Stamper stand 
next to a .50 caliber gun truck at 

VPB Able Main. 

7. SGT CHARLES 

8. SPC JACKSON & 

SPC lopez 

9. SPC 0R0ZC0 PULLING 

security in the heat. 




DESTINED 



PFC AGRE, BENJAMIN 

PFC ALLBRITTON, 

JONATHAN 

SFC ANDERSON, ROBERT 

PFC AYRES, JAMES 



PFC BACKHAUS, DANIEL 

SPC BAKE, BRIAN 

PFC BASS, JOE 

SPC BEACHNAW, LUCAS 



PFC BLOOM, JUSTIN 
PFC BRAY, JEREMY 
SPC BURGIN, DEREK 
SGT BURROWS, BRUCE 



PFC BUTTS, DEVIN 
SPC CARDUCCI, NICHOLAS 
SGT CHARLES, ROBERT 
PFC CHRISTMAN, ANDRE 



SPC COLLAZO, JULIO 
SPC COTE, DANIEL 

: CRIVELLO, JUSTIN 
2L MMINGS, MICHAEL 




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PFC CYRUS, v\ SI I-.Y 
PFC DAVIS, AARON 
SGT DAVIS, JOHN 
SSGT DOBBS, ANDREW 



2LT DRAKE, PETER 
SPC DUMAS, ADAM 
SGT FALLS, BRADLEY 
SPC FAREWELL, 
JOHNATHON 



SPC GAY, RILEY 
SPC GEOPFERT, FRANKLIN 
SSG GEORGE, JASON 
PV2 GIBBS, GREGORY 



SGT GILMORE, CHRIS 
SGT GRIMM, JUSTIN 
PFC HANEY, JUSTIN 
1LT HARRISON, JOSHUA 



SSG HEDRICK, MAX 
SPC HERBERT, JUSTIN 
1LT HOKANSON, TROY 
PFC HOLLISTER, CORBY 




DESTINED 



SFC HOLT, GEOFFREY 
SGT HOOKER, DAVID 
PFC HUDSON, DANIEL 
PFC JACKSON, CHARLES 



SGT JOHNSTON, ERIC 
SPC JORDAN, WILLIAM 
SSG KEMP, GREGORY 
PFC KING, CLAYTON 



SPC LILLEY, RANDALL 
SGT LLOYD, DEREK 
SPC LOPEZ, MICHAEL 
SPC LUTZ, JEREMIE 



PFC LYNCH, DANIEL 
PFC MAK, TUNG 
SGT MAY, MATTHEW 
PV2 MCCLINTON, JACOB 



SPC MCCRAY, DERENA 
1 1 T MCPHEE, JASON 
n MOHR, CHAD 

JENZEL, ROBERT 




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SPCMURPHki , '^SE 
PFC NELSON, TYl 
SPC OAKES, JOSEPH 
PFC O'BRIENT, PATRICK 



SGT OCHOA, JOSHUA 
SPC OROZCO, NICHOLAS 
PFC PALEKA, SHANE 
SPC PATTERSON, BRADLY 



PFC PEREZ, MARK 

SGT POLIKOLSKY, NIKOLAI 

PFC POOLE, DAVID 

PFC RAPRAGER, DUSTIN 



SFC ROBERTS, MARVIN 
PFC ROCKEY, TYLER 
SGT SCHULTZ, BRIAN 
PVT SEXTON, MATTHEW 



PFC SHERMAN, MARCUS 
PFC STRUNK, JON 
PFC THOMPSON, DAVID 
SPC THOMPSON, JEREMIAH 




DESTINED 




SGT TOBIAS, CHRISTOPHER 
PFC TORRES, MATTHEW 
PFC VALCOURT, JEAN 
SSG WILLIAMS, ROBERT 



2LT NIHILL, MATTHEW 





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SPC LINVIUE. 

SPC Talley, SGT Jones, and SPC 

King getting ready to come down 

from the wildcat range 

giving the thumbs up on top of D 

Co. OP 1 

3.SGT SEIFERT. 

SGT Jones, SSG Taylor spotting 

for SPC Talley on the Barret .50 

cal 

4.CHANGE OF 

Command. 

5. SGT SEIFERT ft 
SPC Linville on movement back to 

Serey VPB 

6. COMING DOWN 
the mountain, SPC Linville, SPC 

Jones, SSG Taylor and SFC 
Horval. 

7. ETC OSTLUND & 
CPT Jackson during Destined 

Change of Command. 

8. CHANGE OF 

Command. 

9. PFC BRUSASCHETTI 

slipping scope rings on the M-14 

after zeroing at the wildcar range. 







DESTINED 




1. CHIRSTMAS MORNINC 

at the Seray Vehicle Patrol Base. 

2. SPG COlftZZO 

3. VIEW FROM 0P1 

FOB Fortress. 
4.3RD PIT EXAMINING 

a LAW, Chowkay. 

5. SPG BRAY & SPC 

Lancourt 

6. SPC BUTTS, SGT 

Hooker, SPC Davis, and SPC 
Bloom spread their Christmas Joy. 

1. 1LT MURAMISKI WITH 

Jimmy the ETT terp, showing the 
ANA how to handle a hand 
grenade. 

8. SPC JACKSON a 

SPC Lopez 

9. SSG OOBBS, PFC 

Poole, PFC Gibbs, SGT lilley, SPC 
Gay, and SPC Hudson relaxing in 
the motor pool before a mission. 

10.KUNAR RIVER 

11.BG VOTEL VISIT TO 

FOB Fortress, Awards Ceremony; 

CIB, CAB, CMB 

12 IT MORGAN BRINGING 

the M240B to a fighting position in 
the Badel Valley. 

13.CPT JACKSON AND 

SGT Falls, Re-enlistment. 
14.LT MORGAN, SGT 

Thompson, and SSG George 
conducting a meet and greet in the 
village of BarNarang. 
15 OPERATION DESTINED 

STRIKE 23; LT Drake on radio, 
CPT Jackson to his back left on 
HLZ Bitberger Chowkay. 

16. SGT GIIMORE, SPC 

Johnston, PFC Valcourt, SPC 
Patterson, LT Morgan, SGT lies, 
SSG George, and SPC Hjelmstad 
prepping for mission in FOB 
Fortress motor pool. 

17. SPC BLACKHAUS 

18. SGT BURGEN 




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1. 1SG RUCKER DURING 

Destined Seige. 

2. PFG HANEY SHOWS 

off his new army issued BCG 
glasses. 

3. SOLDIERS FROM 1ST 

PLT play a game of football 
between guard shifts at VPB 
Hoanker-Miracle. 

4. SSG CHARO MONITERS 

the radio during a mortar attack on 
VPB Able Main. 

5. FOB FORTRESS 

6. SOLDIERS FROM 1ST 

platoon enjoy the ice cold water of 
the Pech River as they do a 
dismounted patrol. 
7.S6T HOOKER ENJOYS 

a tasty treat during a patrol in Pech 
River Valley. 

8. 6H 47 

9. DOG JORDAN TRIES 

to stay in shape by doing some sit- 
ups. 

10. SPC CHRISTMAN 

shows his holiday spirit. 

11. IT MCPHEE 

12. DURING A FIRE 

fight the ITAS Gunner for 1st PLT 
observes a bomb drop on an 
ememy fighting position. 

13. 1ST PLT CONDUCTS 

TCP operations in the Pech River 
Valley to ensure the ACM do not 
try and use the road to transport 
supplies. 

14. THANKSGIVING @ 
FORTRESS 

15. SPC C0LLAZ0 AND 

PFC Valcourt waiting to fire a LAW. 

16. FORMATION 

17. SFC ROBERTS 

18. PFC ARNONE 




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1. SPG OAKES, SGT 

Charles, SPC Jackson, and SPC 
Shelke on patrol. 

2. SGT LIUEY AND SPG 
McClinton on patrol. 

3. SPC LYNCH BEHIND 
an M240B 

4. SGT TOBIAS AND SPC 

Thompson getting promoted. 

5. SPC ARNONE AND SPC 

Scott at the Seray VPB 

6. DESTINED COMPANY 

4th Platoon. 

7. SPC AVERS 

koalfying in Grafenwhoer, 
Germany. 

8. SPC HJEIMSTAD 

"DOC" treats local villagers from 
Qualawana village while on patrol. 

9.PWT SEXTON 

posing behind a MK19 

10. IT H0KANS0N 

while on patrol with 3rd platoon in 
Konar Province. 

11. SGT THOMPSON & 

SPC Lynch take a break from 
searching vehicles while conductin 
TCP operations. 

12. "DOC BDRGIN 

treating a girl during a MEDCAP. 

13. SGT LOPEZ 

taking a break on patrol. 

14. 1IT MCPHEE 

pulling security on patrol. 

15. DESTINED COMPANY 

change of command ceremony. 

16. PEG GIBBS ft SPG 

Collazo conducting training with 
their ANA counterparts at FOB 
Fortress. 

17. C93 REFLECTS ON 
Soviet IDF TTP's 

18. 1LT H0KANS0N 

at the Chowkay District Center. 




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1. SPC HJELMSTAD & 

PVT Sexton strike a pose for the 
camera. 

2. SPC JACKSON AND 

SPC Lopez on the FOB 

3. PfC VALCOURT 

posing with the ANP. 

4. SGT CHEEK DURING 
Operation Destined Seige 

5. SSG DOBBS 

6. SPC HOIUSTER 

smiling for the camera 

7. SPC BACKHAUS 

with the M249 SAW on patrol. 

8. SEC ROBERTS DURING 

Destined change of command 
ceremony. 

9. SSG CHARO AND SPC 

Cote enjoying some time off 

10. SGT CHARIES ANO 

BG Votel. 

11. CHRISTMAS @ 

Seray. 

12. SPC ALIBRITON AND 

SPC Hollister getting ready for a 
mission. 

13. SPC BRAY, SPC 

Valcourt, CPT Jackson, and BG 
Votel during the Seray CIB 
Ceremony. 

14. SPC HOLLISTER 

pulling security on a mission. 

15. SGT GILMORE 

entertaining a group of children. 

16. 3rd PLATOON 

Destined Co. enjoying Thanksgiv- 
ing dinner. 

17. SPC C0LLAZ0 AND 

BG Votel during the Seray CIB 
Ceremony. 

18. SGT LILLEV AND 

SGT Charles posing for the 




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3. PFC HERNESS 

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5. SPC MECUM 

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PFC ADAMS, ORA 
SSG ADAMS, STEVEN 
SPC ANDERSON, KEVIN 
SPC AVINA, ERIC 



SSG BALTAZAR, MIGUEL 
SGT BEGAY, BYRON 
SGT BELANGER, DAMON 
SPC BENOV, IVAYLO 



PV2 BONILLA, EMMANUEL 
PVT BOYD, JUSTIN 
SPC BREELAND, STEVEN 
SSG BRICKER, SCOTT 



SGT BRIGHT-DAVIES, 

DESMOND 

PFC BROWN, JASON 

PV2 BRUNO, CARMELI 

PV2 BRYANT, DEWAYNE 



PV2 BUI, VU 
PV2 BURNS, TIMOTHY 
1 BUSHART, 
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PV2 MPBELL, RYAN 




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PFC CATHEY, RYAN 
SSG CHAPMAN, RICHARD 
SSG CLARK, LAWRENCE 



SGT COHEN, ADHAE 
PV2 CORTESI, ANTHONY 
' SPC COX, JAMES 

SPC DANLEY, MICHAEL 



PFC DAVIS, ANDREW 
2LT DEMARCO, ANTHONY 
PV2 DENNIS, DONALD 
PVT DOMINGUEZ, 
KIMBERLY 



SGT DOMINGUEZ, ROBERT 
SPC DOMINY, KRISTOPHER 
SPC DUNCAN, AARON 
SPC EDWARDS, DENNIS 



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SPC EMPAYNADO, JEDGAIL 
PV2 ERICKSON, JOSHUA 
SGT ESCOBAR, EMILIO 
PFC FINKS, RAY 






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2LT FORONDA, JONATHAN 
PV2 FORTNEY, WESLEY 
SSG FRIEND, ZACKERY 
PV2 FRIPP, MARK 



PFC FRUTOSVALDEZ, 

ELIZABETH 

SPC GABRIEL, JAYSON 

SGT GILLILAND, JASON 

SGT GONZALEZ, EUGENIO 



SSG GONZALEZ, JOHN 
SPC GREEN, STEPHEN 
PFC GREENE, CAMERON 
PV2 GREENLEE, JEFFREY 



SGT GROSS, DAVID 
SPC HANDLEY, JOHN 
SPC HASSELL, JONATHAN 
SGT HAWTHORNE, DANTE 



PV2 HECKELSMILLER, 
GRANT 

FERNANDEZ, 
FRA TSCO 

PFC ^ESS, SPENCER 

SPC HO: MARK 




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PFC HODGKISS, | \COB 
PV2 HOPKINS, JOSH L 
PV2 HOUSE, ADAM 
PV2 JONES, IAN 



PV2 KAMARA, IBRAHIM 
PV2 KEYS, BAXTER 
SPC KIRCHNER, WILLIAM 
SPC KLIMESH, JASON 



SPC KRUEGER, NICHOLAS 
PFC LACKELY, CHARLES 
PVT LAMB, JUSTIN 
SPC LARKIN, DWAYNE 



# PVT LAYTON, JASON 

PV2 LEESEBERG, BENJAMIN 
SPC LOCKHART, PAUL 
SFC LOETZ, MICHAEL 



SPC LOPEZ, JOSE 

PV2 MANN, JASON 

SPC MAVILLE, JASON 

SPC MCCLARITY, XRISTIAN 






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SPC MCCORMICK, 

DEMARIO 

PFC MECUM, BRANDON 

PFC MEREDITH, CAMERON 

SSG MILLER, JOSEPH 



SSG MONTELL, MATTHEW 
PV2 MOOMAW, AARON 
SPC MOORE, JESSE 
SSG MORRIS, TIMOTHY 



SGT MOTEN, SHARITA 
SPC NAVA, NOE 
SFC NIMS, DAVID 
SPC ONEAL, JOHN 



PFC PADIONG, MICHAEL 
SPC PAYTON, MATTHE 
SFC PEARSON, TIM 
SSG PENA, RONALD 






PV2 PEREZ, CESAR 

: PETERSON, JEREMIAH 
PETERSON, ROBERT 
SPC i AT, NICHOLAS 




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SGT QUEZADA PH 

PV2 RAMIREZ, JESS 
SGT RAMIREZ, JACOB 



SPC RAMIREZ, JAMIE 
SGT RIGEL, ANDREW 
CW2 RODRIGUEZ, SAMMY 
SGT ROSARIO, VICENTE 



PV2 ROSS, VERNELL 
SPC SABLAN, GEORGE 
SSG SALDARINI, EDMUND 
PFC SCHMIDT, BRIAN 



SGT SMITH, JOSEPH 
PV2 SPARROW, DANIEL 
SGT STARR, BARTIC 
SGT STURDY, JAMES 



PFC SULICK, MICHAEL 
PFC THOMPSON, DAVID 
PV2 TIMLIN, SHAUN 
PV2 TOWNSEND, RYAN 









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SGT VALAI, PETERO 

PV2 VALENZUELA, JAMES 

2LT VAN LEAR, ADAM 



PV2 VEGA, MANUEL 
SGT VELAZQUEZ, JUAN 
SPC WAGNER, JACLYN 
PV2 WEBB, NATHAN 



SSG WEMHOFF, CORY 
SPC WHEELER, CRAIG 
SGT WILLIAMS, KIETH 
SPC WILSON, JESSE 



1LT ARAMBULA, TROY 







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1. SPC EMPAYNADO 

making a snow angel. 

2. FUSION 6 

Vehicle. 

3. SGT GONZALEZ 

being presented an ARCOM with 

"V" Device 

4.SPC RAMIREZ 

jacking up an uparmored truck. 

5. PEC ERICKSON 

working late to keep the trucks on 

the road. 

6. CPT THVNG & 

1 SG Whiten waiting on the BSB 

convoy to eventually show up at 

FOB Fenty. 

1. PEC BRUNO 

painting Cat on a Rock. 

8. SPG Empaynado, 

SPC Gabriel, and SPC Mecum 

building a storage shed. 

9. THE CAMP WRIGHT 

maintenance team walking up to 

Observation Post Shiloh for PT 










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1. SSG SALDARINI. 

SGT Quezada, PV2 Bruno, PV2 
Dominguez, SPC Underwood, SPC 
Breeland, SGT Gilliland in Motor 
Pool. 

2. PV2 VEGA AND SPC 

Ruiz. 

3. HUMMVV 

4. SGT BORK AND PFC 

Dollins, Stryker 9 element 

5. SGT R1GEL, GIVING 

discipline to a soldier 

6. DISTRO ON BREAK 

7.PV2 FRDTOS & SPC 

Wagner. 

8. SPC PADIONG 

Sitting in ASV 

9. SPG LAVTON 

Resting after mission. 
10.CPT THYNG & PFC 
Dennis 

11. CONVOY HALT AT 

FOB Abad 

12. DISTRO 

downloading Generator 

13. PFC LAYTON 

14. SPC PILAT. SPC 

Brown, SPC Cox, SPC Klemish, 
SPC Moore at the motor pool in 
Blessing. 

15. SGT BELANGER 

zeroing weapong 

16. CONVOY ELEMENT 

recieving brief before rolling out 
from Blessing. 

17. SPC GREEN. SPC 

Avina, and SPC Wilson winning 
2nd place at Basketball. 

18. SPC AVINA AND SSG 
Pena 




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Belanger, SSG Gonzalez, CPT 
Thyng, & SFC Loetz. 

2. SPG WILSON AT THE 

KOP. 

3. SPG ANDERSON, SGT 

Dominquez, SSG Morris & SGT 
Williams 

4. SSG PENA, SGT 

Gross, SPC Anderson & SFC 
Pearson. 

5. PEG GREENLEE 

6. PFC GATHEY, SPC 

Lopez, PFC Perez, & PFC 
Sparrow. 

7. SPC WILSON 

8. BOLLET 

9. UP ARMORED HOMMVEE 

10. SPC MAYUILLE, 

SPC Duncan - Kitchen at Blessing 

11. PFC PEREZ, SPC 

Empaynado, PFC Townsend 

12. SFC NINS, SPC 

Kemish, PFC Hodgkiss 

13. SPC LOCKHART, SPC 

O'Neal, SGT Gonzales, SSG Miller 
FOB Amain 

14. 1LT VAN LEAR - 

Distro PL 

15. CPT THYNG. 1SG 

Whitten, SPC Handley, SGT 
Moten, SGT Dominquez, SGT 
Williams, SSG Morris. Front: SPC 
Duncan, SPC Mayville, SPC 
Anderson. 

16. SGT STURDY, SFC 

Loetz, SGT Belanger 
17.1LT R0SARI0 - 

Standing in front of jingle air. 

18. PFC LAYTON 



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2. UH60 GARBING H 
personnell 

3. CONVOY ELEMENT 

after download at Blessing. 

4. S6T RAMIREZ 

congradulating PFC Hodgkiss for 
promotion. 

5. SPG DAVIS WORKING 

on truck 

6. ABAD MOTOR POOL 

Crew; SGT Rosario, SPC 
Breeland, SPC Ramreiz, and SSG 
Saldarini. 

7. SFC LOETZ AND 1LT 

Rosario 

8. PEG FROTOS, SPC 

Wagner 

9. CH47 CONDOCTING 

sling load operation 

10. PFC SPARROW 

park for security halt. 

11. PFC LAVTON, LT 

Rosario and Medic SPC Inman, 
PFC Perez 

12. HEADLINE HERE 

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caption for photo 

13. FUSION 6 CREW 

14. LT ROSARIO 

giving convoy brief 

15. SFC LOETZ 

congradulating SFC Hodgkiss 

16. FUSION 7 GOING 

up to the KOP. 

17. SPC MADISON HHC 

Brigade Maintenance. 

18. PFC LOCKHART 

looking through tools. 




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COMPANY COMMANDER 
CPT MATTHEW HEIMERLE 




COMPANY FIRST SERGEANT 
1SG PATRICK FATUESI 




SFC DAIWIN JADAN 
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SGT CLAYTON GRIGSBY 
ABLE CO. NCOIC 




SSG JARED COLEMAN 
DESTINED CO. NCOIC 



SPC FRANK PECSEK 
DESTINED CO NCOIC 




SSG ANDY SHORT 
BATTLE CO NCOIC 





SSG PHILLIP CRIEGTOK 
CHOSEN CO. NCOIC 




SSG CHARLES AUSTION 
FUSION CO. NCOIC 



MRS.CRISTIN PIKE 
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APPROVED 

SILVER STAR - 

1LT GREGORY E. AMBROSIA 

SPC JASON A. BALDWIN 
SGT MATTHEW COULTER 

1LT WILLIAM CROMIE 

1LT MATTHEW C. FERRARA 

SSG ERICK GALLARDO 

SSG ROBERT SMITH 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS - 

SSG ERICH PHILLIPS 

PENDING 

MEDAL OF HONOR - 

SPC KYLE WHITE 
SPC SALVATORE GIUNTA 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS 

SSG LINCOLN DOCKERY 

SGT RYAN PITTS 

SSG JAMES TAKES 

SILVER STAR - 

SSG CONRAD BEGAYE 
PFC MARC SOLOWSKI 
SSG SEAN SAMAROO 
CPT MATTHEW MYER 

PFC JOHN HAYES 

SPC JEFFERY SCANTLIN 

SSG ERICH PHILLIPS 



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REMEMBERING THE FALLEN 



"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in 
the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and 
blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes 
short again and again because there is no effort 
without error and shortcoming; who knows the 
great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends 
himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in 
the end the triumph of high achievement; and who 
at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring 
greatly, so that his place shall never be with those 
cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory 
or defeat." 

-THEODORE ROOSEVELT 



PFC TIMOTHY R.VIMOTO 
02 AUGUST 1987 - 06 JUNE 2007 




BATTLE COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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PFC CHRISTOPHER S. HONAKER 
25 SEPTEMBER 1983 - 05 JULY 2007 




ABLE COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



PFC JOSEPH A. MIRACLE 
06 NOVEMBER 1984 - 05 JULY 2007 




ABLE COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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PFC JUAN S. RESTREPO 
07 OCTOBER 1986 - 22 JULY 2007 




BATTLE COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



1LT BENJAMIN J. HALL 
28 DECEMBER 1982 - 31 JULY 2007 




DESTINED COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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SFC MATTHEW D. BLASKOWSKI 
05 MARCH 1980- 23 SEPTEMBER 2007 




BATTLE COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



SSG LARRY I. ROUGLE 
06 MAY 1982 - 23 OCTOBER 2007 







HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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SGT JOSHUA C. BRENNAN 
30 MAY 1985 - 25 OCTOBER 2007 




BATTLE COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 




SPC HUGO V. MENDOZA 
23 MARCH 1978 - 25 OCTOBER 2007 




BATTLE COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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CPT MATTHEW C. FERRARA 
14 OCTOBER 1983 - 9 NOVEMBER 2007 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 




SGT JEFFREY S. MERSMAN 
1 1 MAY 1984 - 09 NOVEMBER 2007 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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CPL SEAN K. LflNGEVIN 
17 AUGUST 1984 - 09 NOVEMBER 2007 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



CPL LESTER G.ROQUE 
04 DECEMBER 1983 - 09 NOVEMBER 2007 







CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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SPC JOSEPH M. ULNCOUR 
26 JUNE 1986 - 09 NOVEMBER 2007 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 






SFC MATTHEW R. KAHLER 
24 JULY 1978 - 26 JANUARY 2008 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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1LT JONATHAN P. BROSTROM 
22 AUGUST 1983 - 13 JULY 2008 




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CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 






SGT ISRAEL GARCIA 
19 JANUARY 1984 - 13 JULY 2008 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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CPL JONATHAN R. AYERS 
4 MAY 1984 - 13 JULY 2008 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



CPL JASON M. BOGAR 
19 FEBRUARY 1983 - 13 JULY 2008 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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CPL JASON D. HOVATER 
10 AUGUST 1983 - 13 JULY 2008 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



CPL MATTHEW B. PHILLIPS 
13 APRIL 1981 - 13 JULY 2008 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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CPL PRUITT A. RAINEY 
21 FEBRUARY 1986-13 JULY 2008 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



CPL GUNNER W. Z WILLING 
29 APRIL 1988 - 13 JULY 2008 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 



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SPC SERGIO S. ABAD 
15 MARCH 1987 - 13 JULY 2008 




CHOSEN COMPANY 

2D BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 503D INFANTRY 

173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 






Second Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry History 

The 503rd Infantry was one of the original Parachute Infantry units created as a result of 
successful efforts by the US Army Airborne Test Platoon at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1940. It was the 
third of four Parachute Battalions formed prior to the beginning of World War II. From a company- 
sized unit originally activated on August 22, 1941, the 503rd was expanded into a full-sized Regiment 
on March 2, 1942. The first commanding officer of the Regiment was Major General William M. 
Miley, then a Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Edson D. Raff, then the Regiment's executive 
officer, became the first battalion commander of the 2nd Battalion, 503 rd , which was formed from the 
504 th PIR in March 1942. 

After its activation, 2-503 moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where it trained until June of 
1 942 when it was sent to the United Kingdom in preparation for the airborne operation in North 
Africa. On November 8, 1942 the 2nd Battalion, 503 rd Parachute Infantry conducted the first combat 
jump in US history; when 39 C47 aircraft, enroute from Lands End, England, dropped the battalion 
onto a drop zone near Lourmel, Algeria. This action initiated the North Africa campaign against the 
French. Five days later, November 15, 1942, three hundred paratroopers jumped onto an open area 
near Youks les Bains on the Tunisia- Algeria border. The ensuing thrust east to cut off the Germans 
lines of communications in Gafsa, Tunisia included a third airborne drop of 30 paratroopers and 
heavy equipment onto El Djem in December 1942 with a mission to destroy an enemy railroad 
bridge. Of the 30 paratroopers to descend on the objective that fateful day in December 1942 only 
six returned to friendly lines. 

There were numerous recorded heroic actions by the paratroopers of the 2-503 PIR in North 
Africa, most notably was one of the first fallen paratroopers of World War II, Private John Thomas 
MacKall for whom Camp MacKall, North Carolina is named. 

Unbeknownst to the Rock Battalion, the 2-503 PIR was redesignated the 509 th Parachute Infantry 
during the North African Campaign but was not informed of such until after the war. 

All the while, the remaining elements of the 503 rd Regimental Headquarters and other 
subordinate elements left the states for the Pacific Theater on October 20, 1942. After conducting a 
cross-country rail movement, the Regiment left the port of San Francisco on the MS Poelau Laut. 
During the movement west the 501st Parachute Battalion, which embarked in the Panama Canal Zone, 
was redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. This redesignation 
occurred about the same time its twin sister the 2-503 PIR was conducting a combat jump in North 
Africa against the Vichy French. 

The newly formed 2-503 remained at sea for forty-two days and landing at Cairnz, Australia 
where it trained for combat in a training camp 18 miles inland as part of the Regiment. Later, the 
Regiment was expanded into Combat Team with assignment of the 462d Parachute Artillery Battalion, 
and the 161 st Parachute Engineer Company on 13 September 1944. 

During its more than three years service in the Southwest Pacific Theater, the 503d served in 
five major combat operations. 

1. In July of 1943, the 503rd moved to Port Moresby, New Guinea, where it made final 
preparations for its first combat operation in the Pacific Theater. On September 5, 1943 the 
egiment jumped into the Markham River Valley, New Guinea for Operation ALAMO; the first 
irne operation conducted by US forces in the Pacific Theater. During this operation, the 

t forced the Japanese evacuation of a major base at Lae, in which the Third Battalion of the 
?d the rear guard of this exodus. This successful employment of airborne forces in the 
Mai Hey has been credited with saving the concept of vertical envelopment from being 

abandu [oil owing several less than successful engagements in Europe. After two weeks of 
fighting, the Japanese were defeated and the 503rd reassembled at Port Moresby for the return to 
Australia 

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2. For Operation CYCLONE, 2-503 along with 1-503 conducted an airborne assault on the 
island of Noemfoor off the coast of Dutch New Guinea early in July 1944. In support of the 1 st and 2nd 
Battalions airborne operation, 3-503 conducted an amphibious landing a few days later. Fighting as 
part of the Regiment on Noemfoor, 2-503 was responsible for destroying the Japanese garrison and 
enabling the construction of airfields, which played a significant role in supporting the advance of 
Allied troops from New Guinea to the Philippines. Sergeant Ray E. Eubanks earned the Medal of 
Honor, posthumously, for his actions on Noemfoor. 

3. Following an unopposed landing on the Island of Leyte, in the Philippines, the 503d 
Parachute Regimental Combat Team made a major amphibious landing on the Island of Minoro, in 
the central Philippines on December 15, 1944. Originally, it was intended for the 503d to jump onto 
Mindoro but because of inadequate airstrip facilities on Leyte, an airborne assault was not possible. 
The purpose of the eventual landing was to secure sites for an airhead, thus providing forward Army 
Air Corps bases to support later actions. The Regiment was subject to intense enemy air attack and 
naval bombardment throughout this action. 

4. The mid-December 1944 operation on Leyte provided the Regiment a staging area for its 
assault on the Philippine fortress island of Corregidor, nicknamed "The Rock," from which the 
Regiment would later take both its nickname and motto. At 0830 on February 16, 1945, after weeks of 
naval and aerial bombardment, the 503rd hit Corregidor conducting the most vicious combat action 
in which the Regiment was engaged during its existence to date. 

The mission commenced with the combat jump on Fortress Corregidor codenamed Operation 
TOPSIDE. Corregidor Island was the bastion that withstood a fierce Japanese siege for nearly five 
months in 1941 and 1942, thereby interrupting the Japanese advance toward Australia. The 503d was 
proud to have been bestowed the honor of re-patriating the "The Rock". 

The first jump, made in thirty-five mile per hour winds at an altitude of 550 feet, was made by 
the 3-503 with the 2nd Battalion following at 1240 that afternoon. Due to the high number of injuries 
during the first two jumps, the 1 st Battalion jump was cancelled and the battalion made an amphibious 
assault the following day. 

The surprise created by the airborne assault into the island interior and the inability of the 
Japanese to react to both an airborne and amphibious assault enabled the US Forces to defeat the 
numerically superior Japanese forces. After two weeks of vicious fighting the island was subdued, 
and on March 2, 1945, the third anniversary of the 503rd Infantry Regiment's activation, the island of 
Corregidor was formally turned over to General Douglas MacArthur. 

An estimated 6,550 Japanese soldiers were on the island when the 503d jumped, and of those 
only 50 survived. In turn, the 503d lost 169 paratroopers killed in action. For its actions during this 
operation, the 503d was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and Private Lloyd G. McCarter was 
awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery on Corregidor. 

5. Almost immediately after returning to Mindoro from Corregidor, the Regiment was called 
upon to reinforce the 40 th Infantry Division which was bogged down on the Island of Negros, in the 
central Philippines. The Regiment was inserted by landing craft, although it had been alerted for 
another combat jump. The objectives of the proposed airborne operation were a strategic bridge 
and a large lumber mill, but retreating Japanese forces subsequently destroyed them both. The 503d 
engaged in fierce battles against frantic Japanese resistance in the mountainous areas of Negros for 
more than five months. The 40 th Infantry Division was re-directed to other operations on Mindanao, 
leaving the 503d to battle the Japanese alone. At the end of the war in August of 1945, over 7,500 of 
the surviving Japanese troops on this island surrendered to the 503d Parachute Regimental Combat 
Team. 



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Official U.S. War Department sources estimated that the 503d killed over 10,000 Japanese 
during its combat operations in the Southwest Pacific. By early November 1945, the 503d 
Parachute Regimental Combat Team ceased to be operational. The Regiment was in activated on 
December 24, 1945 at Camp Anza, California. 

Because of the Korean Conflict, 503rd Airborne Infantry was reactivated on March 2, 1951 at 
Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and assigned to the 1 1th Airborne Division. The 503rd did not see combat 
during the Korean War, but conducted extensive exercises in all parts of the United States, including 
Alaska. In 1956, the 503rd moved with the 1 1th Airborne Division to Germany. On 1 September 
1957, 2d Battalion, 503 rd Infantry was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d 
Airborne Battle Group, 503 rd Infantry and reassigned to the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, 
North Carolina. Then on 26 March 1963 2d Battalion, 503 rd Infantry was assigned to the 173 rd 
Airborne Brigade, its current parent organization. 

173d Airborne Brigade Lineage 

The 173rd Airborne Brigade was activated on the island of Okinawa on March 26, 1963. 
From its beginning, it proved to be an aggressive and unique unit led by (then) Brigadier General 
Ellis W. Williamson who established realistic training throughout the Pacific Region. The "SKY 
SOLDIER," as the Nationalist Chinese paratroopers called the 173rd, made thousands of parachute 
jumps in a dozen different Pacific area countries. 

On May 5, 1965, the 173rd Airborne Brigade became the first US Army combat unit committed 
to the Vietnam War. As the Pacific Command's quick-reaction strike force the 173rd was to provide 
security for the Bien Hoa Air Base Complex until elements of the 101st could be deployed. In the end 
it stayed for 6 years and 2d Battalion, 503 rd Infantry played a major part in its operations. The major 
portion of the brigade landed at Bien Hoa Airfield and found an area that had been battered 
frequently by enemy raids and shelling attacks. 

In the combat operations to follow after their arrival, the paratroopers made their superb 
training payoff. They were the first to go into War Zone D to destroy enemy base camps where they 
were the first introduced the use of small, long-range patrols. They fought the battles of the Iron 
Triangle, conducted the only major combat parachute jump in the Tay Ninh area, and blocked NVA 
incursions during some of the bloodiest fighting of the war at Dak To during the summer and fall of 
1967, culminating in the capture of Hill 875. 

On February 22, 1967, paratroopers of the 2d Battalion, 503d Infantry, 173rd Airborne 
Brigade, parachuted into a wide clearing in the jungle of War Zone C as part of Operation JUNCTION 
CITY. 2-503 conducted the only major US Airborne operation of the war while attached to the 1st 
Infantry Division carrying out the first major US Airborne assault since the Korean War. Their mission 
was to form a blocking force near the crossroads hamlet of Kantum, South Vietnam, to support a 
large-scale cordon and search by U.S. forces. The 780-man airborne task force was delivered in two 
sorties of aircraft from Bien Hoa Airbase. The personnel drop of sixteen C-130 Hercules aircraft 
arrived over Drop Zone Charlie at 0900. General Jack Deane, Commander of the 173rd Airborne 
Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sigholtz, Commander of the 2-503d Task Force, and Command 
rgeant Major Harold Proffitt led the jump from the first aircraft. 

A 1 ^80 troopers hit the silk in two passes over the small drop zone, settled to the earth, and 

beg mbling without any enemy opposition. Thirty minutes later, ten heavy drop C-130s 

arrive-. ropped six 105mm howitzers, four 4.2 inch mortars, six 81mm mortars, four 3/4-ton 

trucks, five eps, six M274 "Mule" vehicles, one trailer, and 3900 rounds of artillery and mortar 
ammunition. By 1000 all men and equipment were deployed into blocking positions and the 
command post and artillery firebase were established. 



As units from the U.S. 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions, the 1 1th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and 
the 173d Airborne Brigade began closing the horseshoe around suspected Vietcong and North 
Vietnamese Army (NVA) positions, Operation JUNCTION CITY became a series of small unit firefights 
for the paratroopers. On February 28th, the "Sky Soldiers" of the 173rd overran the Vietcong Central 
Information Office, a key enemy propaganda facility. As the multi-divisional attack continued through 
mid-May, major battles raged around the horseshoe with three Vietcong Regiments and one 
Regiment of NVA regulars. Operation JUNCTION CITY succeeded in driving major enemy forces 
from War Zone C across the border into sanctuaries in Cambodia. The operation was terminated on 
May 14, 1967. 

On November 1-6, 1968, the 173rd Airborne Brigade deployed to DAK TO in the central 
highlands with the mission of conducting search-and-destroy operations in conjunction with other US 
forces in Operation MAC ARTHUR that included the infamous Battle for DAK TO. The final major and 
most decisive action of the Battle for DAK TO was initiated on November 19th when the 2nd Battalion 
engaged elements of the 174th North Vietnamese Infantry Regiment on Hill 875. Joined by the 4 th 
Battalion during the engagement, the 173 rd fought for 96 grueling hours resulting in 298 enemy 
combatants killed thus rendering the 174 th North Vietnamese Infantry Regiment combat ineffective. 
The 173rd Airborne Brigade would later be awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its valorous 
actions during the Battle of DAK TO. 

The troopers of the 1 73rd Airborne Brigade (Sep) wear their combat badges and decorations 
with pride. During more than six years of nearly continuous combat, the brigade earned 14 campaign 
streamers and four unit citations. 13 Medal of Honor winners, over 6,000 Purple Hearts, the only 
Combat Parachute Assault of the War, and sadly, over 1700 names of Sky Soldiers on THE WALL. 
The Brigade and the 2nd Battalion, 503 rd Infantry was deactivated on January 14, 1972 at Ft. Campbell, 
Kentucky. 

On December 16, 2001 the 2 nd Battalion (Airborne), 503 rd Infantry was assigned to the 173 rd 
Airborne Brigade and reactivated on January 25, 2002 in Vicenza Italy. Less than one year from its 
activation and less then a month after the activation of its final rifle company, "THE ROCK" deployed 
to Operation RAPID GUARDIAN 3-01 in Kosovo; the first of two back-to-back operational 
deployments. On 26 March 2003, the Battalion conducted a night combat parachute assault into 
Bashur, Iraq; exactly 40 years after its initial assignment to the 173 rd Airborne Brigade; it once again 
wrote a chapter in a nations history. 

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, The ROCK seized the airfield as part of the brigade allowing 
the coalition to open the northern front. On April 10, 2003, the ROCK attacked south to seize the City 
of Kirkuk. After seizing a series of objectives (LEE, HANCOCK, MCCLELLEN, and CHAMBERLAIN), 
the battalion established 12 operating bases in the city. From 10 April 2003 until 19 February 2004 the 
ROCK conducted daily security patrols, countless raids against Fadayeen and Baath party pockets of 
resistance, and established numerous civil projects in order to demilitarize the city. These projects 
included establishing a police force and fostering normalcy within the community. On June 9, 2003 
the battalion was attached to the 3 rd Combat Team, 4 th Infantry division during Operation Peninsula 
Strike where it conducted a series of raids in the central Iraqi city of Al Dulu Yah. Upon returning to 
Kirkuk on June 13, the battalion continued to conduct combat patrols, raids against anti-coalition 
forces, and out of sector attacks to places like Halabjah, Haweja, Tuz, Taza, and the Zaab. In February 
2004, after 1 1 months of combat operations the ROCK began its redeployment to Italy having left 
behind a functional police force and a stable environment in the city of Kirkuk. 



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Jn 27 March 2005, the ROCK deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan to take control of the 
.Province during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM VI. During its 12 month deployment the 
ck conducted 1889 patrols, 395 major operations, killed or wounded 272 enemy combatants, and 
detained an additional 169 freedom fighters. Its actions greatly increased the security and 
functionality of the Zabol province and the entire Regional Command. Upon leaving Afghanistan TF 
ROCK had accomplished numerous things, such as constructing a road which connected remote 
villages to Qalat city, building bridges in order to accommodate vehicular traffic, removing multiple 
ACM cells, conducting countless VMO's, and civil assiatance operations. The ROCK's actions in 
Afghanistan were nothing short of detrimental to the stability of its area of responsibility. On 28 
March 2006, the ROCK returned to Vicenza, Italy after yet another successful combat deployment. 

Today the ROCK stands ready to accomplish any mission with the espirit and elan that it has 
demonstrated in the past. 

503 rd RECIPIENTS OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR 

SGT Larry S. Pierce 
20 September 65 

PFC Milton L. Olive (B/2-503) 
22 October 65 

Sp5/SFC Lawrence Joel 
8 November 65 

Sp4 Alfred Rascon 
16 March 66 

SGT/CSM Charles B. Morris (A/2-503) 
29 June 66 

SP4 Don L. Michael 
8 April 67 

PFC John A. Barnes III 

12 November 67 

MAJ (Chaplain) Charles J. Watters 

19 November 67 

PFC Carlos J. Lozada (A/2-503) 

20 November 67 

SSG Laszlo Rabel 

13 November 68 

CPL Terry T. Kawamura 
20 March 69 

SP4 Michael R. Blanchfield 
3 July 69 

SSG Glenn H. English, JR. 
7 September 70 

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